Thursday, November 5, 2015

An Hour of Prayer and Flea Market Friday #4

 Today I am doing something I don't normally do here at Creative Country Mom.
Today I am talking about the realities of the world we live in.  
The not so pretty, decorated world where real tragedies happen to everyday families.  

Let me explain...

A few years ago this could have been our family.  
It could be your family too, right now.

I hate that word.  

I heard it a few years ago with my dad.  
And it just breaks you apart.  
Such terror and pain in one little word.  
Everything changes and slows to a stop.  

We were lucky, my dad did respond to his treatments.  
But we will always be fearful.  
So when I hear of another family and their pain and sorrow I have great empathy.  
And I remember.  
More than that, I pray.

I am going to tell you something I believe with all my heart.
Prayer works.
Prayer changes things.
Prayer can heal the body, but more the heart.

A couple years ago my mom was gravely ill.
Honestly, we could feel the prayers of our churches and friends.
It was a peaceful, strong feeling that we 
were doing everything we could to make her better.
I know how loving and immense that feeling is.
Faith is so important.
So is the peace that follows.

Why am I so worked up this week?
Because like so many of you I have been deeply saddened by the news of Joey Feek.

I have to tell you, I can't remember a time I have been so wrapped up in such sad news.
I remember seeing this lovely couple on a CMT show a few years ago.
I loved to hear them sing together, but more than that... I was drawn to Joey.
She is a country girl like me, who wears jeans and cowboy boots.
She grew up in Indiana not too far from me.
She loves gospel music and proudly shares her love of God in her music and life.
She lives in an old farmhouse with a big garden and loves to cook for her family and friends.

When I saw her I thought, this is a woman I could be friends with.
This is a woman I would love to know.

She just had her 40th birthday and her husband bought her the horse she dreamed of.
Her daughter Indiana turned one a few weeks ago.
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She has a wonderful successful recording and tv show career.
She is a stepmom to two older girls and has a happy marriage.
In so many ways, she is living to country dream.
Except someone said that word I hate to much to this wonderful woman.

It just breaks my heart.
Joey has stage 4 cervical cancer and they have made a decision to stop treatment.
They brought her home to her family for whatever time she has left.

Throughout all of this they have shared their story bravely.
Every note breaks my heart.
Her husband Rory writes "This Life I Live
and somehow finds the strength to put his emotions into posts.   
 I cannot ask you enough to go read this site from the past few months.
You will cry, and laugh, and pray, and say "Why?"

Why this 40 year old mother?  Why anyone??
It is all of us, any of us.
For what?
I will never understand.

Pray for Joey banner

The Feek family is asking for an hour of prayer this evening, November 5th at 8 pm.

I had been struggling with what to share for today's post.
This entire house is filled with "Flea Market Finds"
and none of them shouted out to me.
My heart said, write about what your are feeling.
So yes, I try to make this a happy place for you to come to.
But I also want you to know, for you I will pray.

I know some of the most tender hearted, loving souls are my friends online.
I know so many have a personal relationship with faith in their lives.
So I ask you to take a minute this evening to pray for Joey.
And for everyone touched by this heartless disease.

So for this sweet girl... who grew up just down the road.
Who could have been so much more, and is so much to so many.
Tonight I will pray, and keep praying.

(All photos ©Joey and Rory Feek,

Okay, let's start the party for the 4th Flea Market Friday with some lovely features!
Rita at Panoply shares the story of a lifelong collector in "Dealer Friends Living Estate Finds"
Rita you and your sisters seem to be having too much fun this Fall.  I love all your finds, but these iornstone molds are WONDERFUL!  Love to hear the story about sweet Emily too.

Fall Grapevine Wreath | FrugElegance |
Frugal Elegance's "Fall Grapevine Wreath" is a lovely quick project perfect for the season.  I am glad you told me they were dried putka pods, I can never remember the name, but they are so cute!

Parlor Room Pondering's "Unexpected Iornstone Find"
This platter is so lovely and different.  I have not seen anything like it with the windmills.
I can see why you snatched it up Diane!

Antique photograph of a man

I was so tickled when I saw the lovely finds in Adirondack Girl at Heart's "This Week's Vintage Finds"  This handsome dude reminds my of my "Willie" that hangs in the family room!  
They are so neat and we wonder who they were and how they ended up at a flea market right?
We say Willie is our ghost and blame things on him all the time!  He is a friendly fellow!  I too got mine for only $5!  Love that.

It may seem a bit early for Christmas posts... but I have a secret... I already have a tree up in my entry!  So when Janice at Curtains in my Tree shared her "Projects in the Making"  I was in love with the vintage feel!

Deanie's Stash shared a fun post called "Step Back From That Cupboard"
I loved her before and after and vintage goodies.
And yes!  For only $1 I will buy all the vintage lace this girl can find!

Our last feature today is Jane from Bluebird 1959's "Fall Treasures"
Jane I love your warm country touches and feel right at home in your lovely spaces!

If you have been featured.... grab your lovely tag!

Thanks to much to all that share every week.
I am still getting the word out about this party,
so any shout outs would be most welcome!

Okay, lets get this party started!
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By linking you allow me to featured your posts and images on my site.
All posts must have a repurposed, vintage, upcycled home and garden theme.
I reserve the right to delete any posts that do not comply with the party theme.

As always thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Brooke Berry Kroeger is the creator of the Creative Country Mom blog started in 2009. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs. She does freelance photography and DIY publication work.  If you would like her to contribute on a project, email her at
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  1. What a touching post, Brooke, and to share the spotlight with not only all these amazing collector friends through the blogosphere, but to share the opportunity to lift Joey this evening. I, too, became totally absorbed in their story, reading Rory's past blog posts from the beginning. I believe in the power of prayer. Thank you for hosting us, for featuring me, and for being part of the blogging community.

  2. Sending healing thoughts to you and the whole family. Everyone is touched by that 'word' at one time or sending healing words and wishes. Thanks for hosting...the Barbie House has vintage windows, and will all be furnished with REDO's Old and New..., Sandi

  3. Thanks for sharing about Joey, Brooke; I will keep her in prayer. Life is hard, but God is good is my mantra. If it weren't true I'd probably be curled up in the fetal position in some dark room. He's always there, always loving us, always bearing our burdens, always promising a better, eternal life with him.

    On a silly note, I wonder if our two fellows are related?! There relatives surely valued them in the same price range ($5!). Seeing yours on the wall makes me want to hang my guy up. I've got hunt around for just the right spot :) Thanks for hosting and thanks for the feature--

  4. Hi Brooke - such heartbreaking news about Joey. Sending prayers for her and for all who are touched by this disease and it's many forms. Just heartbreaking. On a lighter night, thanks so much for including me in your features this week! Jane

  5. Thank you for sharing their story. I've been seeing many posts on FB but I'm not familiar with them at all. Will definitely call their names out in prayer. I'm new to your link up. I'm an Indiana gal myself so I think I'm in good company.

  6. Thank you so much for the feature Brooke! I don't know much about this couple but I have seen their story on Facebook and saw her music video of the song she wrote for her husband. A beautiful song, but very sad. Cancer is an ugly thing. The important thing to know is that this is not something that God did. He does not bring death. They need our prayers for sure.

  7. Thank you Brooke for this post. I totally believe in the power of prayer. It is so nice to be able to share that on your blog and to let us know the story about Joey. My heart goes out to her and her family along with prayers for them. I am so thankful to have God in my life as I don't know what I would do without Him. I always wonder how non-believers can handle the everyday problems without Him, let alone the big problems such as cancer.

    Thank you for hosting this each week. Thank you so much for the nice feature. I was so surprised when you emailed me.

    Hope your weekend is great.

    xo Dianne

  8. Beautiful post Brooke. I believe in the power of prayer and have seen it work in my own family. Praying for Joey. What a gorgeous family that is surrounding her. Thank you for sharing your sweet treasures and also Joey's story. Prayers.

  9. Thank you so much for making my cigar box project a feature.
    The story about Joey is very sad as all stories of people we know who are fighting cancer.
    Prayer is our best weapon

  10. Touching post, Brooke. Yes, I also believe in the awesome power of prayer. Keep us informed of Joey's healing as I have already begun praying for her.

  11. What a wonderful post. Feeling sad as I had not heard this news. Love this couple and will certainly pray that God will wrap his arms around her as she faces this terrible and frightening time in her life. Thanks for sharing this with us. Love your party and hope to add a post. Thanks for hosting. New follower for you so I don't miss your posts.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  12. My prayers are with the young family, it is always hard to that word! Thank you for the party, hope your weekend gets better news!

  13. Brooke, thank you so much for posting about Joey + Rory. We have been fans as well since they were on Duets. I nearly cried myself to sleep last night after watching a Gaither video posted on facebook, I have been a follower of Rory's blog and I know what they have been going through. My heart just breaks for them and I have been praying as well. I have been by their farm in Columbia, is only about 30 minutes from where my son lives. We visited their restaurant last winter and I have some of their apple butter in my fridge. It is so hard to understand why this beautiful woman...this beautiful family...has to go through this, isn't it? I feel like I know them personally. If you haven't already, please look up the "Joey + Rory, Inspired" video on the Gaither TV website. This interview really shows what these people are all about. Again, thank you for posting about them...I am continuing my prayers, no matter how God chooses to work. Have a blessed weekend :)

  14. I was not familiar with her but her story breaks my heart. Your writing is lovely. I will add her and her family to my prayer list. Thanks for hosting. xoKathleen

  15. Such a beautiful post Brooke. So sorry to hear of any one with cancer especially a mother with a small child. Many prayers for her and her family! Thanks for hosting!


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