Country singer Joey Feek had an emotional moment thinking about how her little daughter, Indiana, will grow up without a mom, but she was shaken from her grief by a gift from Mother Nature, her husband tells fans in a moving new blog post.
Rory Feek, half of the duo Joey + Rory, described a heartbreaking scene in which his wife of 12 years, who is battling stage 4 cervical cancer, looked at a note from a neighbor saying how their daughter, Scout, “can’t wait” until 1-year-old Indiana joins her at camp.
“Then suddenly her hands started shaking and she closed her eyes and started sobbing,” Rory wrote on his blog, This Life I Live, where he’s been chronicling Joey’s fight. He titled the post “manna from heaven.”
Between tears, Joey told him, "'I want to raise our baby … 'I want to be the one to teach her,'” Rory said.
“She was inconsolable,” he said. “I held her in my arms as she held Scout’s picture to her heart and cried and cried. I didn’t know what to do.”
But suddenly, he wrote, his wife, who is in hospice care at her family farm in Alexandria, Indiana, broke into a big smile.
“And then, just like that — over my shoulder, through the window she saw it … Snow,” he wrote.
“It was snowing. Huge white flakes were falling from above.”
“Huge white flakes were falling from above. And a small smile came across her face. Then a bigger one," Rory wrote.
Joey told him, “'I didn’t think I’d get to see snow again... if this is the last snow I ever see, thank you Jesus… thank you.'"
Rory immediately ran out to capture the snow on video, as he knew that no other snow would mean as much as this one, as it had turned a terrible moment in Joey's life upside down.
Leave it to Mother Nature to provide a true and beautiful miracle during the darkest of days.
A video showed the footage Rory captured — along with something else: a new song from Joey.
Rory revealed that, a few months ago, he and his wife recorded new music in Nashville.
The record was “one she’s always wanted to make — filled with hymns she grew up with.”
“Like me with the snow, I think Joey wants to capture the words and music of her childhood. The music that she goes to when she needs comfort,” he said.
“The music that makes this beautiful, tragic, crazy life somehow make sense.”