Joey began receiving hospice care in November, and has grown gradually weaker since then. But she fought hard to stay around to see her daughter Indy turn two, which the family celebrated on February 17.
Shortly after Indy's birthday, Joey decided that "enough is enough," reports Rory. "Joey gathered her family together around her and she said goodbye to each of them… to her mother and father and her three sisters. There were lots of tears as she explained to each one how much she loved them and that she was going to be going home soon. That her time here was done and she was going to go to sleep soon. And then she asked me to bring our baby in. And so… I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, '…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you.' And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her. One last kiss."
Rory says that Joey has slept for several days now and that her body is quickly shutting down. "The hospice nurse came again this morning and said Joey will most-likely only be with us for a few more days … at the most."
In the same blog post, he also shares a video with Joey singing a little-known song, "In the Time That You Gave Me," accompanied by photos from their life together. And he thanks all of those who have followed along with his family, who have prayed and written letters and shared this journey with them.
“Though our hearts are heavy, we all need to do our best to remember that this is not the end. It’s only the beginning,” he writes. “When Joey takes her last breath here … she will take her first breath there. In Heaven.”