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Rory Feek Discusses Life Without Joey On Mother's Day, & His Words Are A Loving Tribute

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Anyone who has ever lost someone knows that important dates and holidays become heartbreakingly difficult when you have to spend them alone. It's no surprise, then, that country singer Rory Feek found Sunday — the first Mother's Day since his wife Joey died from cervical cancer in March — to be a hard day. According to Us Weekly, Rory Feek discussed life without Joey on Mother's Day in a post on his blog, This Life I Live, and spoke about what it's like to become a single dad for the second time. While Joey's passing has meant that he is now raising their 2-year-old daughter, Indiana, by himself, he wrote in his post that for 10 years before meeting Joey, Rory was a single dad to his two daughters, Heidi and Hopie, from a previous relationship. And he admitted that, at the time, he probably wasn't the best dad that he could have been:

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While neither he nor his wife ever dreamed that Indiana would be left without a mother, Rory wrote on his blog that he understands now that this is his second chance to be the dad to Indiana that he wanted to be with Heidi and Hopie, and that he could take comfort in seeing it as part of God's plan:

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In his first interview following Joey's death, Rory told Billboard that the music the couple made together brings him "peace" now that she's gone, and that he and his youngest daughter listen to Joey sing every morning.

He shared that Hymns, the last record he and Joey would ever make together, was a labor of love, and that they recorded much of the album in hotel rooms and throughout Joey's chemotherapy treatment. While it wasn't an easy time for either of them, Joey's love for music and singing helped get her through, and the project turned out to be hugely successful — Hymns debuted at number one on both the Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts, according to Billboard.

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So what's next for Rory Feek? Although he certainly seems to be in no rush to return to songwriting, he did share with Billboard that he is currently working on producing an album for bluegrass singer Bradley Walker, who actually signed with Spring House Music Group after the company founders heard him sing at Joey's funeral — something Feek himself described as "pretty magical."

But more than anything, it's clear that Feek's number one priority is, and will always be, taking care of his young daughter and honoring his wife's legacy. And, on Mother's Day, that meant celebrating his wife as best he could:

For Feek, his family, and all the other people who also experienced their first Mother's Day without their partners or mothers, the day was surely bittersweet. But he's definitely doing the very best he can to make it through — and that likely won't change any time soon.