Rory Feek is still adjusting to life without his beloved Joey – who died on March 4 at age 40 after a long battle with terminal cancer – but the country singer is making sure all of his late wife’s wishes are fulfilled.
On Friday, the 49-year-old took to his blog to announce that their 2-year-old daughter, Indiana, has officially started preschool at a developmental center called High Hopes in Franklin, Tennessee. According to Rory, she’s already “loving every minute of it.”
Rory explains that he and Joey always planned on homeschooling little Indy, who was born with Down syndrome, but when Joey became ill, plans changed.
“I have written before about our desire to live our lives with ‘high hopes and low expectations’… but during the month of January, when Joey and I decided we needed to start researching what and where the next-best option for school for Indy might be…we had no idea that God would lead us to a place called, of all things… ‘High Hopes,’” he shared.
Rory added that the center is conveniently located 25 minutes north of their family farm, the same place where Joey was laid to rest in a beautiful, private funeral on March 8.
“Half of the Center is a preschool and the other half is a state-of-the-art therapy center for children with special needs,” Rory noted. “When I showed this video about their program to Joey, she wiped the tears from her eyes and with a beautiful smile said, ‘That’s the one honey… that’s the one.’
“After walking through and touring the facility the first time we visited, it was easy to see that the other parents, the teachers and the staff there all have special hearts too,” he continued. “Joey was so excited about Indy getting the chance to come to High Hopes and I was so thankful that she felt great about it. Somehow she managed to transform her disappointment of not getting to raise and teach Indy into a real hope of something even better. I don’t know how, but she did. And she never cried another tear over it.”
Even though she’s only attended preschool for about a week and a half, Indy appears to already be having a lot of fun!
Rory concluded his post on a faithful note, explaining that he can only hope his singing partner would be happy and proud to see their Indy starting her physical therapy classes.
“Indy and I are trying to adjust to our new life at home,” he said. “To the empty chair at our table and pillow on the other side of my bed. Desperately missing Joey and carrying her in our hearts with us everywhere we go. Knowing, believing… that she’s looking down each morning as I take Indy into High Hopes, still smiling saying, “That’s the one honey…that’s the one.’”
Earlier this month, ET talked with Joey’s longtime family friend and record producer, Bill Gaither, who praised Rory for his admirable strength throughout this tumultuous time.
“I saw Rory the day after the funeral and asked, ‘How was the first day of the rest of your life?’ Bill told ET. “And he said, ‘The first thing I did was take our daughter to this special needs school.’