Joey Feek wants a Christmas miracle before she succumbs to terminal cancer.
“Her friends gathered around her on the couch and she told them of her hope that she might be able to still be here for Christmas, or for Indiana’s second birthday in February,” wrote her husband, Rory Feek, in a post to his blog This Life I Live on Saturday.
The 40-year-old singer, who entered hospice care this month and has cervical cancer, is relying on her faith to carry her through what might be her final days.
“Joey’s hope never fades,” explained Rory, who made a name for himself alongside his wife as the country and bluegrass music duo Joey + Rory. “No amount of pain or medicine can touch it. It runs too deep. It’s connected to her faith in God. And as she will tell you, God can do anything.”
Still, Joey treats each day as her last, mustering up enough strength to visit with loved ones, including the duo’s children, Indiana, 21 months, and Heidi and Hopie, Rory’s adult daughters from a previous relationship.
On Thursday, the couple’s friends boarded the official Joey + Rory tour bus and drove from the Feeks’ farmhouse in Pottsville, Tennessee, to Joey’s childhood home in Alexandria, Indiana, where she wishes to spend the remainder of her life.
“They all stayed for many hours, and Joey’s mama cooked and had pies and dinner for everyone,” wrote Rory of their touching day. “We all laughed and we cried, and one-by-one I led our friends through a door into the back bedroom to see her and sit with her and talk.”
Joey’s caring husband continued, “Some came out smiling and full of joy and some came out hurting and having a hard-time catching their breath.”
An 80-year-old friend they call Miss Joan “was especially moved,” Rory penned.
“Joey had had Russell [the couple’s bus driver and close friend], earlier that morning, find the quilt that Miss Joan had made her at the farm – the one with the log cabin pattern with lots of red on it – and bring it up in the bus with him,” explained Rory. “She said that’s what she wants to be wrapped in when it’s her time to go. Our tears fell with hers.”