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Country star Rory Feek has written a heartbreaking anniversary tribute to his late wife and music partner, Joey Feek, just three months after she died of cervical cancer at age 40.
Rory shared the memory-filled blog post, which included a movie trailer for the new documentary "To Joey, With Love," on Thursday, a day after the couple's 14th wedding anniversary.
"I have never been a great gift-giver," Rory, 51, began the post. Like many husbands, he confessed he often scrambled to find "'just the right gift’ at 5 pm on my way home from work."
But sometimes, Rory got it right. "Like on Joey’s and my fifth wedding anniversary," he wrote. "I bought her a beautiful antique ring from Walton’s," the singer's favorite jewelry store.
"Joey treasured that ring and how it symbolized our first five years of commitment to each other."
In the end, Joey gave the ring away."One evening this past fall, she just quietly slipped it on our oldest daughter Heidi’s hand and said, 'This is yours now…I want you to have it.'"
Joey never cared about material things, he wrote. Her "love language was service" — cooking meals for her husband, or helping him plant flowers by the mailbox.
So, this year, Rory wanted to honor his late wife with a gift given in that same spirit of loving service.
On the morning of their anniversary, he wrote, "I carried a thermos and our two favorite mugs across the back field and shared a cup of coffee with my bride as the sun came up over the wooden cross with her name on it."
"I talked and she listened. Or at least, I hoped that somewhere, somehow, she could hear me. And I felt her presence the way I do most days since she’s been gone … in my heart, and in my soul."
Rory then pulled out his iPhone to show his late wife the movie trailer for "To Joey, With Love," which will be in theaters for one special night only on Sept. 20.
The film "begins the day I got out my camera a few weeks before Indiana was born in February of 2014 and runs up until this past spring," and chronicles the couple's lives throughout Joey's cancer battle, he wrote.
It even features candid moments like footage of the couple's last dance together this past November.
The grieving widower's hope? That the documentary will allow Joey to "live on, even after she's gone."
"I just want to lift my bride up … and continue to tell her beautiful story, while Indy and I live out the new one that God is now writing," wrote Rory. "Happy Anniversary my love."