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Rory Feek remembers his wife on his first Mother's Day without Joey

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Rory Feek gets through his first single Mother's Day by giving himself some well-deserved credit

For his family's first Mother's Day since Joey Feek's passing, Rory Feek found a sweet way to remember his wife. Feek has been open about his struggles with his wife's illness and passing on his blog, This Life I Live, and he used the day as an opportunity to share memories of their journey to parenthood with their 2-year-old daughter, Indiana.

"I love being a father. I always have. Joey always said that that’s part of what attracted her to me when we first met. But neither she, nor I, had any idea how important that would be to us years later," he wrote.

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When the couple learned that her cancer was terminal, Feek writes, his wife "cried because Indy was going to lose her mama, and I was going to be a single father again."

Feek already had two grown children from a previous marriage, he explains. Because of his difficulties raising them in his youth, "Joey knew how hard it had been for us for all those years before she came along and she was upset that she was going to leave me in the same situation. I remember her tears falling and her saying, ‘I don’t want you to have to raise a child again by yourself… it’s not fair.'"

...Indy spending some 'girl time' w her big sisters while Papa goes to see a film.

A photo posted by Joey+Rory (@roryandjoey) on

More: Rory Feek announces Joey's passing, calling it her 'greatest dream'

Now, Feek remembers his wife through his daughter. "Sometimes when I’m driving somewhere and Indiana falls asleep in her car seat, I pull over to the side of the road and I just sit there and stare at her... And I still see Joey beside her."

More: Rory Feek reveals sweet way daughter is dealing with Joey's death

Rory Feek gets through his first single Mother's Day by giving himself some well-deserved credit
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