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Rory Feek celebrates his daughter’s birthday the only way he knows how Instagram /@roryandjoey

When Joey Martin Feek passed away from cervical cancer back in 2016, everything changed for her husband and musical partner, Rory Feek. Not only did he have to become a single father to the couple’s precious baby girl, Indiana, but he also had to step in to fill the empty space that was supposed to be “mother” to the child.

Even though playing both roles has, almost certainly, been tough on Rory, he has done an amazing job so far with Joey+Rory’s sweet little princess. So much so that the child, who was born with Down syndrome, is now growing into a beautiful, happy and healthy young lady.

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On Feb. 17, little Indiana turned 4 years old. And, as we expected, daddy was right by her side. The father/daughter duo actually made a big splash out of the special occasion. According to Rory’s Instagram page, they traveled all the way to Hawaii to celebrate.

Talk about a real party for this youngster!

Rory also marked his daughter’s birthday with a series of images on Instagram, and included the caption, “A birthday kiss for our little Indiana who turns 4 years old today.
#shehashermamassmile#birthdayatthebeach☀.”

As you can see in the first photo above, Rory — who will release his new book, “Once Upon A Farm” on June 19 — plants a big birthday smooch on Indiana’s cheek. The happy bundle of joy, meanwhile, flashes her radiant smile at the camera while dressed in a cream-orange colored tank top. And, it’s clear that she’s got her mama’s smile too, as Rory points out.

As you click to the right, you’ll catch the birthday gal in a second image, in pigtails and a flowery purple top. Again, she shows off that beautiful pearly, white grin that remind us so much of her mom. A third snapshot shows the tyke all dressed up in a teal and white outfit, while seated on a bench in the breathtaking outdoors. Lastly, a fourth shot shows little Indy in her father’s arms post-swim. The two look so happy to be enjoying time at the beach.

“She’s growing more beautiful every day! You’re doing a fantastic job Daddy!” one fan commented, alongside the adorable album.

“Oh my goodness, she looks so much like momma here ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ Happy birthday precious girl,” another person wrote.

A third fan added, “Wow, looks so much like her Mom!!! Amazing Indiana is more beautiful every day!!! Happy birthday!!!”

Heidi Feek, who is Indiana’s older half-sibling, and Rory’s daughter from a previous marriage, couldn’t help but share just how much she missed the little nugget while she was away. In fact, she shared a video of herself and Indiana blowing kisses at the camera while using a fun Instagram filter.

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“Today is so special [because] this lil’ angel is 4!” Heidi wrote, alongside the video. “She’s opened my heart and taught me so much and I’m so proud of her every moment of every day. She’s in Hawaii, so I know she’s having a pretty alright day. @roryandjoey y’all come back home soon so I can snuggle her! 🌸🌺”

How precious! Happy birthday Indiana!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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