The amazing sacrifice Joey Feek made in the months before her death will leave you speechless Instagram/Joey+Rory

When you are a mother, you think instinctively.

You think about everyone around you more than yourself. You plan things out and react quickly when they go wrong. And you are always looking ahead, farther into the future than is probably necessary in the hopes that everything you do today will make life better for your family tomorrow.

So, as Joey Feek faced a devastating diagnosis in which she instinctively knew her death was imminent, she made a sacrifice to ensure that her dear daughter Indiana would easily transition to life with just her daddy.

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“When we first got to Indiana in late October, Joey was Indy’s whole world,” Rory Feek wrote in a March 27 blog post. “Everyone else was… well, just everyone else. Including me. She loved her mama so much and all she wanted was to be with her, beside her or in-sight of her. But in early November, when Joey started to realize that there was a good chance that she might not beat her battle with cancer, she made a decision… “he must become greater and I must become less.” And she started going against everything in her being that told her “time was short” so hold her baby even tighter… and longer… and more… and instead – she handed the baby to me, and sat alone in a bed and watched and listened as my relationship with Indy grew… and hers lessoned. Who has that kind of strength and character?”

Now, just a few weeks after her death, it looks like her plan is working.

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“Indy has not asked for her mama,” Rory continued. “Not one single time since Joey’s been gone. It’s almost as if she hasn’t noticed that she’s not here. And that is so sad… and oh, so wonderful – all at the same time.”

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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