Joey Martin Feek, one half of Joey + Feek, went home to meet her Savior Friday, March 4th, 2016. Joey had been fighting Stage IV cancer for nine months, surrounded by the love and support of countless family members, friends, loved ones, longtime followers of her music and even strangers who were inspired by her life. Joey was known for her beautiful voice, beautiful smile and beautiful marriage partnership with Rory Feek.
Together, they have released Hymns that Are Important to Us this year, an album of hymns which debuted at #1 on both Billboard Christian and country music albums charts.
In Rory's blog, Rory confesses that he had been struggling to re-capture the memories of the Joey he fell in love with years ago. However, in the last few months, he had been haunted by ghastly memories of recent months of Joey without her hair and too weak to even hold the couple's daughter Indiana."I couldn't remember Joey before that time. I could not remember her alive. All of the pictures on our mantle and music videos online seemed like something from a photo album. Ours I guess. But long ago," he writes.
However, two and a half years ago, Rory has video taping his life with Joey for no reason at all. "Like writing this blog, something told me that I needed to capture that time of our lives on film. To have it forever. To be able to remember it and share it with others. I had no idea how important it would be. Especially to me."
"Joey and I believed that God was going to give us a great story, and we wanted to film it, so we could look back and remember that year," he says. "We thought the story was going to be about taking time off from our music careers. About homesteading and growing a community garden with our neighbors. And about having a new baby and raising her. Yes, those things are part of the story, but there was so much more that happened. So, so much more."
Rory says there he found his wife again - the person he knew, the one he wanted to remember. "In full-color on the big screen of my iMac, Joey became alive again ... filled with love and joy and hope and passion for me and for the life God had given us," he continues.
The singer even shared a portion of the footage that shows Joey giving him a haircut a week or two after Indiana's birth in 2014, which he says both makes him cry and laugh. "It's a moment in time, that stands still. A moment that remains, even though time has moved on," he says.
"Life was perfect that day. So was Joey," he adds. "Completely unaware of the difficult news that was in store for her in just a few weeks, and the beautiful, tragic end that would come 18 months later. And unaware also that her story would be shared and followed by millions of people who would love and pray for her and for us."
"It's a moment in time, that stands still."