Just one day after celebrating her sixth birthday, Indiana Feek had something else to celebrate!
Indiana, or Indy for short, was born on February 17, 2014 to parents Joey and Rory Feek, who made up the country music duo Joey + Rory. The couple was married in 2002 and initially, Joey didn’t want children.
“It’s not that she didn’t like kids, she just never saw herself having any,” Rory wrote on his blog, This Life I Live.
Rory was already a father to two girls, Heidi and Hopie, and Joey embraced her role as their stepmother fully.
Eventually, Joey changed her mind and felt she was supposed to be a mother to her own child.
Following Indy’s birth, they found out she had Down Syndrome, which would come with a fair share of challenges. Even though they knew Indy would have more difficult obstacles to overcome, it didn’t make them love her less.
Sadly, Joey lost her battle with cervical cancer on March 4, 2016, when Indy was just two years old…but Joey’s love for Indy never wavered.
Since Joey’s diagnosis in May 2014, Rory has kept their fans updated through social media and blog posts and people from all over fell in love with the family.
As Indy turned 6, we have realized that she truly has grown up in front of our eyes, especially with what happened the day after her birthday!
“One day after her 6th birthday, Indy had a wiggly front tooth and a pretty smile. Yesterday, after lunch, she had less teeth and even prettier smile!” Rory wrote.
He even included before and after photos from the lunch! Make sure to swipe through to see Indy’s toothless photo.