Rory Feek's latest blog post is perhaps the most emotional to date, recapping the couple's "memorable week," as they watched the GRAMMYs, spent Valentine's together, and celebrated their daughter Indiana's second birthday.
"This has been a week to remember," the country singer wrote on the family's blog, thislifeilive.com, where he has been keeping family, friends and fans up to date with his wife's battle with terminal cancer. "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. But mostly, this has been a week filled with thankfulness."
The couple was nominated for their first GRAMMY Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance this year, and while they lost out to Little Big Town at Monday's show, Rory explained that sharing the moment with his wife, who has been in hospice care since November, was a reward in itself.
"I've said before that just being nominated is enough," he wrote. "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 Feeks also shared a sweet Valentine's Day together on Sunday, as Rory surprised his wife with a sushi dinner and flowers, and the couple shared an extra special moment snuggling together in Joey's hospice bed.
"I haven't been able to be in the same bed with my wife or hold her in my arms since the beginning of November – when she made her last trip to the hospital," Rory shared. "But for one sweet half-an-hour… that changed on Valentine's Day."
Another milestone came on Wednesday, when the couple celebrated their daughter Indiana's second birthday, a day no one was sure Joey would live to see.
"When Joey woke up, a little before noon, I came in to see her… and tears were flowing down her face," Rory recalled. "Again, I put my arms around her and asked, 'Why are you crying honey?' 'We made it,' she softly answered. 'We made it.'"
The family set up Indiana's high chair in the room with Joey's bed, so that she could share in her daughter's birthday celebration, and cousins were on hand to help the toddler open dozens of gifts from family and fans alike.
"For the most part, Indiana's big day was nothing but joy and more joy," Rory wrote. "She has a way of bringing even the most painful parts of life back into perspective. All day long (and for days before that) the mailman and the UPS and FedEx drivers kept knocking on the door – delivering more and more presents from strangers, family and friends… to Indiana in Indiana."
Joey and Rory's happy memories are bittersweet these days, as Joey's condition continues to deteriorate, but Rory is making the most of every moment their family has left.
"Thank you Lord that we were able to all be together for this special day, for this special week," he concluded in his post. "Thank you, thank you, thank you."