Rory Feek is still mourning the loss of his beloved wife Joey, but he is taking a moment to thank the community for the never-ending support.
To catch you up, Joey passed way earlier this month after a long battle with stage IV cervical cancer. The two share a 2-year-old daughter Indiana.
In his new blog post entitled Our Town, the 49-year-old recalls the moment he proposed to his love at her late brother’s car crash site in her hometown:
“So there we were, in the spot where … she felt her greatest pain. But this time I was the one who knelt, and I asked Joey to marry me. And we both cried. And together we prayed that God might take our broken hearts and our broken pasts and make something truly beautiful of them. And He has. A million times over, He has.”
The proud poppa of three penned a kind thank you to his wife’s hometown, where she spent her remaining days:
“I would also like to thank the wonderful town of Alexandria, Indiana. Joey’s town. My town. A place that might have seen its better days, but is striving to make its best days yet to come. A place where factories have closed their doors and jobs are scarce├óΓé¼┬ª where its values and faith are being challenged at every turn.”
The country singer continued by citing how the community reached out as Joey’s health began to worsen:
“I never paid for a piece of pizza while we were there the past five months. Or an oil change. Or hardly even a meal at a restaurant. I’ve been hugged by cashiers at Home Depot and had people cry in my arms in the produce aisle of the grocery store. I’ve had waitresses pray with me in restaurants and neighbors drop off home cooked meals day-and-night to the house we were staying in. Someone even saw that in one of my posts there was a Nestle water bottle sitting by Joey’s nightstand and a day later an employee from that company dropped of two dozen cases of water in our garage├óΓé¼┬ªand they kept bringing more cases. Right to the very end.”
And even as he is back home in Tennessee, he continues to feel the love:
“The love keeps coming. Literally as I am sitting here finishing this post at a breakfast restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee├óΓé¼┬ª I have had a dozen people stop by my table to hug me, tell me they’re praying for my family and or just say they love me and Joey and Indy. And none of them are people that I’ve ever met before.”
Rory wrapped up the post by sending love to all the supporters online:
“Sometimes I think the internet is a big scary place. A place where only dark things happen and the worst in people and life get lifted up. But I don’t think that way anymore. I think the internet is also a place where people can come together and share their hopes and their fears. A great big beautiful community of strangers├óΓé¼┬ª struggling, hurting, celebrating and needing each other. A great big, small town.”
We appreciate that Rory has chosen to share such a deeply personal time with all of us. We continue to keep him and his family in our hearts.
[Image via Rory Feek.]