Joey Feek’s motherly instinct gets stronger as her body grows weaker Instagram/@roryandjoey

Cancer can take away your hair, health and sense of contentment with life. But what it can’t take away is one’s instinct to always take care of one’s family.

As Joey+Rory spend their last days together in Indiana, Joey’s motherly instinct has been on full display as she recalls life’s tiny details that she hopes her family remembers will take home with them to Tennessee when she is gone.

“As Joey has had to learn to come to terms with what is happening to her body and what the future holds, it’s been important to her to share some things that she wants me and our girls to remember after she’s gone,” Rory Feek recently told People Magazine. “More than once, I have found myself beside her bed taking notes as she shares things like when the best time to plant the garden will be this spring, how to prune the fruit trees and to make sure we still set aside a percentage of what we make as a tithe each month.”

It’s advice that their daughter Indiana and Rory’s daughters Heidi and Hopie will take with them throughout the remainder of their lives.

“Though Joey didn’t come into their lives until they were teenagers, my girls love her as their mother and she loves them as her own,” Rory said. “They also love their baby sister so much, and they hurt for her and all that Joey is going to miss as she grows up.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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