Indiana Feek, the daughter of married country stars Joey and Rory Feek, couldn't wait to rise and shine Wednesday morning, when the little girl turned 2 years old.
Indiana, who has Down syndrome and is learning sign language, was "barely awake and already signing and celebrating her big day," according to her parents' Instagram account. Soon thereafter, it was time for some "birthday breakfast fun" at the kitchen table.
The adorable toddler has been a source of joy and comfort for her Grammy-nominated parents: Joey, who has terminal cancer, and her dad, Rory, who's documented many of their precious final moments together on social media and their blog, This Life I Live.
Joey, who opted for hospice care over further cervical-cancer treatment in October, has made a point to spend quality time with young Indiana these past few months. They've played dress-up, shared smiles during sign-language lessons, unwrapped presents with a special Santa Claus, and even found humor in a moment when Joey gave Indiana a ride on her walker.
"When [Joey] reached little Indiana playing with toys on the living room rug, she said, 'Come on, Indy. Mama will take you for a ride,'" Rory wrote in November. "So I helped Indy onto the seat, and Joey pushed her across the living room, through the kitchen, around the island and table, and back to her toys. Indy grinned ear-to-ear and so did we."
Parenthood also has been a joyful experience for Joey's husband Rory, who told TODAY.com last month, "Every moment that Joey gets with our baby, and that Indiana gets with her mama is my most favorite moment."
It's been a week full of milestones for the Feek family. On Sunday, they geared up for the Grammy Awards by styling Indiana in braids for the occasion.
Although Joey and Rory Feek didn't win this year's Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance — as Little Big Town took home that honor for "Girl Crush" — the couple told fans Monday they found the nomination alone to be "more than enough."
Released in 2014 — the same year Indiana was born and Joey was diagnosed — the couple's Grammy-nominated song, "If I Needed You," revolves around lyrics of comfort, sacrifice and love: "If I needed you / Would you come to me? / Would you come to me / For to ease my pain? / If you needed me / I would come to you / I would swim the sea / For to ease your pain."
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