Rory Feek's first anniversary without his late wife, Joey, was a tough one.
Three months after the country singer died in hospice care at age 40, following a difficult battle with cancer, her husband and songwriting partner opened up on his blog about how he spent what would have been the couple's 14th wedding anniversary.
"In the early morning, I carried a thermos and our two favorite mugs across the back field and shared a cup of coffee with my bride as the sun came up over the wooden cross with her name on it," the 51-year-old wrote. "I talked and she listened. Or at least, I hoped that somewhere, somehow, she could hear me."
Explaining that he played a movie trailer on his phone, Rory continued, "This was my gift to her."
Rory shared the heartbreaking trailer for the film, titled To Joey, With Love, which he says will be in theaters for one night only, on Sept. 20, shortly after what would have been Joey's 41st birthday.
"I have not cried beside Joey’s grave," Rory shared. "Not until yesterday when I shared this trailer with her, or at least tried to. For our anniversary. And I wept like a baby."
"I just want to lift my bride up… and continue to tell her beautiful story, while Indy and I live out the new one that God is now writing," Rory noted. "Happy Anniversary my love."
Rory has carried on after Joey's death -- with the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Indiana, -- by honoring her in a number of ways.
Watch the video below to see Rory's Mother's Day message for Joey.