It was a bittersweet homecoming.
One day after the death of his beloved wife Joey Feek from cervical cancer on March 4, her devastated husband, country singer-songwriter Rory Feek, returned home to the couple's farm in Tennessee.
In the wake of Joey's heartbreaking health battle and death -- she died surrounded by family while in hospice care at her childhood home in Indiana -- Rory brought their 2-year-old daughter Indiana home and shared a series of photos from their return.
"...making plans that I hoped we would never have to make," Rory, 49, captioned a photo of people and horses outside a fenced-in plot of land on a barren field.
One day earlier, he shared two other photos that were tinged with both joy and sadness.
The first, captioned simply "home," showed Rory and toddler Indiana, who has Down's syndrome, visiting with a pair of horses.
The second was titled "spring," and featured a wide shot of fields and a bright red barn on the sunny Saturday.
After Rory announced Joey's death on their blog on March 4, he explained to fans who've been following their sorrowful yet inspiring journey what would happen next for his family.
"After four-and-a-half months in Indiana, we will soon be back home in Tennessee. Me, and our little one, with our older daughters [Heidi and Hopie]. It's hard for me to imagine being there without Joey, but at the same time… it is where she wants us to be," Rory wrote. "It's where she will be…"
"She's gonna be in the mint growing beside our back deck, the sweet-corn frozen in our freezer and a million other places that her hand and heart has touched around our little farmhouse and community," he added. "Joey will still be with us. Everywhere."
"So if it's okay, I'm gonna close, wipe my tears and pack our bags to hit the road headed south," he concluded. "She's already got a head-start on me."
Fans who've followed the Feeks' emotional story are hopeful that Rory will soon announce funeral and memorial plans for Joey, who was just 40 when she lost her brave cancer battle.
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