Country music duo Rory and Joey Feek posted a charming photo of their two-year-old daughter, Indiana, on Thursday. The little one had just celebrated her second birthday, and her parents added a caption indicating she had eaten too much cake and was hungover from it. The picture was posted to Instagram and quickly went viral with fans.
The pair was determined to give their child, who was born with Down syndrome, the best birthday ever, considering Joey has terminal cancer, and it is uncertain how much longer she will live. On Wednesday, Rory uploaded a photo of Joey and Indiana playing together. The caption stated that some birthdays are more special than others because they are a gift of answered prayers.
“There have been big parties for little people and small losses with great lessons… and we even had a romantic night filled with more love for each other than we even thought was possible,” Rory wrote in a post on his blog This Life I Live.“But mostly, this has been a week filled with thankfulness.”
Rory and Joey were nominated for a Grammy award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance but were not awarded the trophy at Monday’s televised ceremony. The pair is not upset about losing, stating that just being considered was enough, especially in light of their life circumstances.
“Joey and I watched the Pre-Grammy celebration together – the early portion of the show where the award that we were up for and some others were given out,” Rory wrote. “To say it was a bit surreal to be where we are, looking at where our music has taken us, is an understatement.”“I’ve said before that just being nominated is enough. But after having more time to think about it… that’s not actually true. Instead, I would say that just being able to wake up and look into the eyes of the people we care about and tell them that we love them is enough. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
“The truth is, God has blessed us with the gift of something even bigger than a Grammy award this year… perspective.”
Joey began cancer treatment in May 2014 but stopped last autumn when it was no longer effective. She has been in hospice care for the last three months. The couple married in 2002.
Although her prognosis is grim, Joey has been savoring her time with her precious daughter. In a Valentine’s Day post, they shared a shot of the pair enjoying a smooch. “…happy Valentine’s Day mama,” the caption reads.