Rory Feek celebrates first Mother’s Day without Joey, writes about being single dad

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4 Fast Facts

  • Joey Feek passed away in March 2016 after losing her battle with cancer.
  • She left behind her husband, Rory, and her daughter, Indiana.
  • Rory wrote an emotional blog post about their first Mother’s Day without her.
  • He says Joey loved being a mother more than anything else.

Rory Feek honored his late wife in an emotional blog post on Sunday. It’s been a little over two months since Indiana-native Joey Feek passed away, and it was the first Mother’s Day their daughter Indiana spent without her mother.

In his blog post on the website This Life I live, the country singer reflected on his experience as a single father to his two eldest daughters, Heidi and Hope, before he met Joey.

“I can’t tell you I was a great father. I tried. I think was a good father, but the truth is I was still a young man struggling to find myself, while the girls were growing and finding out who they were. I made so many mistakes and was so selfish. At times I was more concerned about being a great songwriter than being a great father. In a lot of ways, I think the girls raised me while I was raising them,” he wrote.

After he married Joey in 2002, he said he hoped that God would bless them with a baby and give him a second chance at being father. And in 2014, that dream came true with the birth of their daughter Indiana.

But then life happened. And last fall, when Joey and I found out that the treatments weren’t working and that more-than-likely, she wasn’t going to live to see another Spring… Joey sat beside me on a glider on our back deck and cried and cried.  But not because of the news that the cancer had spread and there was nothing more the doctors could do.  She cried because Indy was going to lose her mama, and I was going to be a single father again,” he wrote.

Rory writes that he’s had to rely on his faith in God to get him through the past few months as a single father, and he says he has realized that God was preparing him to be the sole caretaker of Indiana all those years ago when he was a single father to Hope and Heidi.

“Though my beautiful wife sleeps in a bed of clover behind our farmhouse, we still celebrate her on this special day and lift her up and give her flowers. This is not my day. It is hers. Joey loved being a mother more than anything else in the world. And she is still Indy’s mama. And Heidi’s and Hopie’s,” Rory wrote.

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