Every picture we see of Rory, we want to ask where is Joey. If you are the sort of person that lives on faith, you instinctively know in your heart where she is at this very moment. Yet, the sight of Rory walking into the coming days without the love of his life still has a way of hitting ‘ya straight in the heart.
Thank God for Indiana.
Joey+Rory’s dear 2-year-old daughter Indiana will be there in the coming days, with that infectious smile of hers. She’ll be there to remind her papa of the wonderful gift Joey left behind. And maybe, just maybe, a little bit of the hurt that began on the day she died will start to subside, just a bit.
It was on March 8 that Joey was laid to rest at their little farm in Tennessee. And through a series of black and white photos shared on his blog, fans are sure to have felt that they were right there with him, taking each and every step.
“On Tuesday we laid my beautiful wife to rest,” Rory writes. “In a grove of sassafras trees behind our farmhouse, with friends and family gathered around, we said goodbye to the greatest person I have ever known. Joey’s one hope was that she could “come home” on a beautiful day… and oh, it was. The daffodils were blooming, the grass was green and sky was bright blue. As the guests made their way to the family cemetery behind our barn, eight angelic voices led a procession singing “Down By The River To Pray” all the way out to the family plot. And a team of mules carried Joey’s simple wooden box in an 1800’s wagon with six of Joey’s favorite ‘cowboys’ by her side. The family followed along behind the wagon. Indy on her papa’s shoulders. At the gravesite, Mike Glenn – our pastor in Tennessee, spoke of the better place that Joey’s in and also of the better place that the world is because Joey was in it. And he told us how we can all have a service like hers when it comes our time to go, with just as many people loving us as loved Joey. All we have to do he said… is live like she did. And finally, the beautiful life that God had brought from the dust was returned to the dust…”
Rest in peace, Joey.