Indiana Feek seems to be enjoying preschool and bonding with other children, her father Rory Feek shared in a new blog post. Taking to the family’s blog, This Life I Live, Rory revealed that his 2-year-old daughter started at her new school more than a week ago but admitted the original plan was for her to be homeschooled by Joey, who died from cancer March 4.
“Joey had every intention of homeschooling Indy as she grew up. For many reasons. But life has changed that plan,” he wrote. “I have written before about our desire to live our lives with ‘high hopes and low expectations’ … but during the month of January, when Joey and I decided we needed to start researching what and where the next-best option for school for Indy might be… we had no idea that God would lead us to a place called, of all things… ‘High Hopes’.”
Rory explained that High Hopes is a preschool in Franklin, Tennessee, near their home, that also has a developmental center for kids with special needs. Indiana has Down syndrome. The father of three said his young daughter attends the school a few days a week, and so far she seems to really like it.
“She is making lots of new friends and loves being around all the other kids. … She likes recess and playing outside … and getting to ride on fun toys … and learning lots of new things… She even likes her new nap time,” he blogged. “Indy has already started physical therapy classes to help her learn to walk and speech therapy to start turning all the words that she can say with her hands into sentences she can say with her mouth. I can hardly imagine how special it will be when the time finally comes that she can walk beside me and talk with me.”
The 49-year-old country singer, who made up the group Joey+Rory with his wife, said he and Indiana are still trying to cope with Joey’s death but knows she’s “looking down each morning.”
As previously reported, Joey died earlier this month after a long battle with stage 4 cancer. She was diagnosed in 2014. Rory often shared updates on her health and how the family was doing on their blog. Last week, Rory took to Instagram to tell people that Indiana was staying close by him following Joey’s death. Posting a photo of the little girl sitting on the floor near his legs, he wrote, “somebody won’t leave her papa’s side.”