Joey Feek Expresses Hope By Working in Her Garden

Joey Feek

Spring is fast upon us!  Despite suffering from terminal Stage IV cervical cancer, Joey Feek is preparing to greet the new season with a renewed hope. Indeed, February is an important month for the Feeks.  Joey prays she will live through February, at least long enough to see her album of hymns be released (Feb. 14), watch the Grammys (Feb. 15) and see daughter Indiana turn two years old (Feb. 17).

Symbolic of her hope, Joey has spent considerable time in the couple's garden. Joey has been planting seedlings indoors before moving the operation outside. In her husband Rory's blog, Rory notes that Joey has asked her family to save egg shells so she could plant her seeds in the "natural containers that the good Lord has provided."

"We had a pretty good cold spell here in Indiana after that... but then two days ago, the sun broke through the clouds and it almost felt like spring was in the air. And to make it even better, when we woke up yesterday, some of Joey's seedlings had sprouted... like little arms stretching after a long sleep, the tiny seeds that she had planted had broken through the surface of the soil and sprung to life."

Spring is Joey's favorite time of the year.  No illness can stop her from working in the garden. Rory comments: "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.  And what was important, is still important to her."

The garden will be a legacy Rory will tend to even after Joey's death. "But still, I sit beside her and smile and listen and take notes.  And I will keep the garden going.  Joey's garden. And I'm sure in time, I will learn to love it too. Because she loved it. And part of her will be with us... in every seed we plant, and every vegetable we harvest ... and every bite we take."

The most stark statement comes at the end. "It's hard for me to believe that there will be life after this cold, hard winter," he writes, "and I think Joey knows that."








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