Joey Feek was well enough to spend Christmas alongside her family, but her husband and band mate Rory admits the holidays were a bit of a roller-coaster.
The country songstress remains under hospice care as she battles terminal stage IV cervical cancer.
On Tuesday, her 49-year-old loving husband continued his transparent documentation of their family's journey in the first blog post of the New Year.
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"The holidays have been a roller-coaster for my bride. She's had some good days, some bad days – some wonderful moments, and some deep pain that the morphine just couldn't seem to touch. How could it… it wasn't that kind of pain."
We imagine Joey experienced a great deal of emotions as she celebrated the holidays with the couple's 23-month-old daughter, Indiana:
"Though she managed a smile most of the time, Joey's heart was heavy and she was feeling some things she hadn't before… A sadness. A fear of the unknown. And even some anger – not at God, just at her situation I suppose. It's not easy for her to be as excited about what the new year holds in store as it was last year. But she says she's seen the light, and she's over that now…"
Rory continued by sharing a story about Christian contemporary artist Bill Gaither and his wife Gloria — who have been very supportive and frequently visit Joey at their Indiana home:
"Bill comes to see Joey just about every day, when he's not on the road. We'll get a knock on the door in the morning or early afternoon, and next thing you know Bill will be parked in a chair beside Joey's bed, telling her jokes and stories about days long-past and he'll have Joey and all of us laughing and smiling ’til our faces hurt. I think he just wants to brighten Joey's day and create as much joy for her as he can. We all do."
Bill and Gloria are from the same small town as Joey, and have gained wide popularity in the gospel music world for their hymns He Touched Me, Because He Lives, and Something Beautiful.
Rory says that Bill played an important role in helping raise Joey's spirits during the holidays. He remembered:
"A week or so ago, just before Christmas – on the other side of the pond… we noticed a big fire burning by the gazebo. From Joey's bedroom window, we could see the beautiful flames dancing across the water. It was magical. As I sat beside my wife watching… my cell-phone rang. I picked it up.
'Can she see it?,' the deep voice said.
'Yes Bill, it's beautiful.' I answered – knowing that he had built the fire, hoping she could see if from her window.
'Is she smiling?,' Mr Gaither asked.
I looked over at Joey watching the flames, beaming ear-to-ear… and found myself doing the same thing.
'We all are Bill.'"
What a beautiful story.
Rory thanked Bill for his commitment to shine a light on his family during this very difficult time:
"That's the thing about someone burning with passion – the whole world can see their light. They have something that shines so bright inside them, others can't help but notice it in their eyes and on their faces and in their actions. They use their lives to provide some light in a dark world that can be overwhelming and scary at times."
In another memory, Rory recalled Bill and Gloria leading a candlelit prayer vigil for his ill wife:
"In early November when this little town of Alexandria held a prayer vigil for my wife, Gloria and Bill were one of hundreds who stood out on the street in the rain and lifted Joey up to Lord in prayer. With candles, they all gathered and lit a fire that I have a feeling will keep burning long after Joey's gone. After I'm gone. Thank you Bill. Thank you Gloria. Thank you everyone. We are all seeing the light."
The proud father and husband also took to Facebook to share an adorable photo of Joey reading a book with little Indy (above). He captioned the pic:
"…loving watching them loving each other."
We continue to pray for Joey and her family!
[Image via Facebook.]
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