Joey+Rory celebrate the birthday milestone Joey has been both praying and waiting for Instagram/joeyandRory

Oh sweet Indiana, happy birthday.

Happy second birthday to the little girl who is always there to give a much-needed hug to her dear daddy Rory and a much-deserved kiss to her beautiful mommy Joey. Happy birthday to the amazing girl that is always so full of life and so ready to show everyone around her what it means to live with fearless abandon. Happy birthday to the growing girl that always seems to have a smile on her face as the world is crashing down around her.

The world might have never met you. But the world already loves you.

Not only has Indiana given a ray of light to a dark place as her mom fights against the final stages of cancer, but she has also given so many of Joey+Rory’s fans a reason to smile over the past year. It’s a reason to not be sad about Joey, but rather to rejoice in the exuberance of the dear daughter she will leave behind.

On the morning of Feb. 17, as a hospital bed with Joey in it most certainly sat just inches away, the family with so much on their minds was given a reason to celebrate with song, stopping to sing happy birthday to Indiana.

The day is certain to be filled with gifts, songs and smiles on this happiest of days. But yes, there very well may be tears. But when those tears flow, there will be Indiana – smiling and reminding us all once again that true love never dies.

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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