On February 29th, Rory Feek, one half of Christian country music duo Joey + Rory Feek, wrote a heartbreaking blog post. His beloved wife Joey Feek had just bid her final goodbyes to her family before dosing off into a deep sleep again. The nurses predicted that Joey, who is suffering from terminal Stage IV cancer, will only have a few more days left. Most heartbreaking is that Joey had given their two year-old daughter Indiana her final kiss.
The couple has recently released their Christian hymns album Hymns that Are Important to Us which debutted at #1 on both Billboard's Christian and country music albums charts.
In the same blog, Rory also reveals how a letter from a fan out west had hurt the singer. But ultimately the letter helped him during this emotionally painful time.
"Cowboy, you get to stand on the same stage as her.
She looks at you, into your eyes. She's not looking at the crowd for attention. She's looking at you, because she's amazed by you. Cowboy, that's an old fashioned love, that you get to experience. She can't fake that, and she can't help that. She can't hide that. We can all see that. Well done.
Partner, there's a beautiful little girl who is learning how to look at her dad, because she see's how her mommy looks at you. Ms. Joey's done her job - and done it well. Now she can just be a mommy. Little girls like yours may learn different than other children, but they learn. They learn and know love better than most of us. I grew up with a mom who worked with special needs children. Few things can love, like a child with special needs. Truly a blessing of life long love.
I saw you in Walla Walla a few years ago. You were at Clarette's Restaurant. You were just two normal people at a small booth, in a small town country diner. I was across from you. It was so obvious. It was American love......and it did not need to be interrupted. I smiled as I left, thinking, "That's what it's all about." A couple famous folks, who probably don't care about the fame. It reminded me of what George Strait must look like. Just a real person, enjoying taking his beautiful wife out for breakfast, and damn the attention. Like a real cowboy, it's a way of life. Everything is in the moment, and beauty rises to the surface.
What you're doing, how you are sharing, how you have put frustration, hurt and what must be some anger aside, is the weight only something a real cowboy could shoulder.
It's the American ideology, like the "So God Made a Farmer," Dodge Ram commercial, in the Super Bowl a couple years back. You're that American man. That man/dad who can shoulder a burden.
You're a cowboy, Rory. The kind who's rough calluses on his hands, feel soft to the women he loves.
What you're going through, I can't imagine. You've got those big square shoulders, and she's got those big pretty eyes. It's the perfect puzzle. The perfect match.
Rory, I pray for peace for Joey. Whatever happens, you need prayer too. Partner, Cowboy, square your shoulders, because your beautiful wife and daughter, they need a cowboy right now, and you're the one that God knows has the biggest, strongest shoulders.
Another dot on the map, another family lifting yours up in prayer. We're out here in little old Walla Walla, Washington, and your daughter, your wife, and you are in our daily prayers. - Jim Brennan"
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