Rory Feek Given 100K From Fans After Wife’s Passing Now Secrets Out About What He Did With Money
Kristin Danley 10/5/2018
Fans of Joey + Rory, the American country and bluegrass duo who also happened to be husband and wife, were devastated when they learned Joey had breast cancer. The genuine, down to earth couple not only performed together, but had a family together that everyone loved to follow on social media.
When their adorable daughter Indiana was born, Rory and Joey disclosed that she had Down syndrome. It was Joey's intention all along to homeschool Indiana while pursuing her music and doting upon her family.
But those plans were waylaid when Joey fell ill. It was a long battle, but with her family by her side, she took her last breath knowing she was loved.
"I couldn't help but think of the difficult journey that lay ahead ... the many decisions I would have to make in the coming months and years to somehow move forward in life, without Joey. Especially the ones for our 2-year old daughter Indiana..."
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Joey wanted to do more than just teach Indiana how to read and write, to share and take turns through homeschooling, but play a role in shaping her character while never forgetting her faith. Rory shared with Today Joey strived to show Indiana how to "become all that she can be."
"But now, it was clear that we would have to come up with a different plan."
However, Rory had no plan. He had no idea what to do.
But he trusted in his faith and believed that "God would show us the way." Eventually, Rory enrolled Indiana in High Hopes, an integrated preschool 30 minutes from their farm, and hoped she would thrive there even though it wasn't exactly what Joey had wanted.
As he thought about it more and more, Rory realized that after just two years of preschool, Indiana would age out of High Hopes and then what? He decided to take a leap of faith and blend the best of both worlds.
"Indy having the chance to be part of an amazing school, and being at home, at the same time."
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How could Rory make it happen? After Joey passed away, the family received thousands of cards and letters in the mail from her fans and followers expressing their sympathy.
In addition to this outpouring of love and support, people also sent them money. In all, it totaled almost $100,000 and Rory had simply set it aside.
"It was beyond humbling."
So Rory decided to take those donations and construct a schoolhouse for Indiana and for others who would benefit from attending it. Their community gathered together for an old-fashioned barn raising and constructed a one-room schoolhouse.
It is incredibly quaint and looks as if it was built 150 years ago. The school was named Hardison Mill School after the one-room schoolhouse built a century ago in the area.
"When it was completed, the total cost of the schoolhouse was exactly what had been given to us, almost to the dollar."
On Indy's first day of school, Rory walked his little girl just a few minutes across their farm to her new school. He stood there and watched her play with her new friends, excited for what her future holds and what the school could become.
"Today was a special day for our family, a day when something beyond heartbreaking became something beyond beautiful ... As I watched, I thought of how blessed we are and how wonderful it is to be part of using our blessing to bless others."
Indiana will always have her momma watching over her as she grows up. In fact, her new school is built not too far from their family cemetery on the farm where Joey's wooden cross stands tall, a reminder of how something so sorrowful cam turn into something beautiful.