Her name is Joey. She was as beautiful inside as she was outside, and that's saying a lot. She loved all things simple... growing a big garden, making and serving the food she grew for her family, and taking are of the ones she loved
She lived to 40 years, but her music, her love and story will live forever. At least, I hope so. She believed in me. She believed in us. And she Believed in Him. She taught me how to live a great story. To be a better man. And while I filmed and I wrote, she lived life to it's fullest. All the way to the end of the line.
Her story: Joey was born in Alexandria, Indiana and grew up in a farmhouse there with a family full of J's. Her mama June, her daddy Jack and her three sisters and brother... Jody, Julie, Jessie and Justin. A few years after high school, Joey loaded all she had into a cattle trailer and moved to Nashville to chase her dreams of following in the footsteps of her musical hero Dolly Parton. To make ends meet in Nashville, she worked as a vet assistant at a horse vet clinic and in time, a restaurant called Marcy Jo's Mealhouse.
We met in the fall of 2001 and we started dating on Valentines day in 2002. Two months later we were engaged and two months after that, we were married. After five years of marriage, with no still no sign of her dreams coming true, she opened a little cafe with my sister called Marcy Jo's Mealhouse and Bakery. And she gave up her dreams, or at least she was willing to if that's what God wanted.
He: I am married to the greatest woman that I’ve ever known. Her name is Joey. She has the voice of an angel and the heart of a saint. She is why I’m me. We have been married almost 14 years and God has given us an incredible love story. Not just how we began.. but now, today... even without her here by my side. That love story is still unfolding as our hold our little one's had and turn the pages. I want to out-love and out-serve my wife, but it is impossible.
My children: I have two daughters, no wait… I have three daughters. Our two oldest, Heidi and Hopie are grown and making their way in this world. Our youngest, Indiana, is two years old and she helps me to make sense of this world. Indy has down syndrome. I think Hopie has up syndrome (she’s always happy). Heidi’s got film and music syndrome (she’s an aspiring filmmaker and singer/songwriter). All my children are good and perfect gifts from above.
My life: I live on a small farm about an hour south of Nashville Tennessee. We have two horses, some chickens, cats and a dog named Ranger. Joey and I spent the last eight years making music, traveling all over the world singing and performing for people, making a television show at home and working hard on our dreams. We took a year off in 2014 to search for something better. To simplify, and be with our family and friends, and to homestead. We don’t have a television and don’t want one. For a year, we traded our iPhones in for flip-phones and starting to talk to people again. We love our life.
My blog: I’m a songwriter who isn’t writing songs right now, so Joey encouraged me to write about our lives instead. So at the beginning of 2014, I started blogging about and filming the little and big moments in our life as they happened.. I didn’t know why at the time. I do now.