Rory Feek, Joey's husband and one-half of the songwriting duo, Joey + Rory, posted a new blog on Thursday revealing that "in spite of all she’s going through," the 40-year-old country singer is still devoted to planting seeds for the upcoming season.
"Some seeds she will plant directly in the garden in late March or April, but some she likes to start early, inside the house," writes Rory. "In years past, it’s not unusual for me to walk in the house and find our kitchen table completely filled with seed packets, potting soil and egg cartons… and Joey grinning ear-to-ear, truly in her element."
Rory then connected the parallels between tending to plants and the family's own heartbreaking year.
"As fun as it is to see the seeds coming to life, this isn’t just fun for Joey," he adds. "She does it because it’s important to her. Planting a garden and raising food that she can feed her family is part of who Joey is. That doesn’t stop just because you have cancer or are stuck in a bed for months-on-end. Life goes on."
"So thin and gaunt, and more frail than ever, my wife is sowing her seeds – putting down roots in the soil of our lives and hearts," the post concludes. "Getting us ready for something that we can’t see right now for the tears in our eyes… something she might not even get to see at all. Spring."
Joey was diagnosed with cancer in May 2014, and chose to end treatments last October. After she entered hospice care, Rory began posting updates on her life and health to his blog.
In January, Rory shared his fears that his wife is nearing her final days: "Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus. She said she told him that if He's ready to take her… she's ready to come home."
The 49-year-old also told ET he does not plan to continue performing after Joey's death.
"This is the last record that Joey and I will ever get to make and the last songs we'll ever get to sing together," he said of their new album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, out Feb. 12. "I have no desire to go on singing or performing without her."