Joey and Rory Feek’s beautiful yet heartbreaking love story has struck a chord across the nation.
Speaking to PEOPLE from Joey’s hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, the musician explains why he has opened up about everything from his wife’s enduring faith in God to the country duo’s sweet moments with daughter Indiana, 23 months.
“I am a songwriter who hasn’t been writing songs in the last couple of years, so sitting down and writing these stories about our lives has been a wonderful creative outlet for me,” explains Rory. “Each blog post has also been therapeutic for me, in the sense that there are some parts of what we’re going through that I’m not sure what to make of. Writing about it helps me to sort out what I feel and how to respond to the twists and turns that life has taken us on.”
“Without realizing I was doing it, God has allowed me to capture hours and hours of Joey and her life at home on the farm, raising Indiana and playing music,” explains Rory. “I can’t help but believe that those clips will be an important part of keeping Joey’s memory alive in Indy’s heart.”
For much more on Joey Feek’s heartbreaking goodbye – including how she is preparing her family for her death – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Many of the emotional moments have already inspired Rory’s blog posts and the booklet in the deluxe version of Joey+Rory’s new album Hymns That Are Important to Us.
“I want This Life I Live to matter,” writes Rory in the personal project, which will be available at Cracker Barrel on Feb. 12. “To not look back and wish that I had done something different. To dream incredible dreams and risk being a fool for something that I believe in. To say something or create something that can make a difference in someone’s life, including mine.”