Rory Feek Breaks His Silence Following Wife Joey's Death, Returns Home to Tennessee with Daughter Indiana

03/05/2016 AT 06:30 PM EST

One day after revealing that his wife, Joey, had died after a brave and long battle with cancer, Rory Feek shared a sweet new post on Instagram on Saturday.

In the photo, Rory, 49, is seen carrying his daughter, Indiana, 2, on his shoulders while he pets a horse. "Home," he captioned the picture.

The social media snap marked the first time Rory had spoken out since revealing that Joey had died in a post on his blog, This Life I Live.

"My wife's greatest dream came true today," he wrote. "She is in Heaven. The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior.


A photo posted by Joey+Rory (@roryandjoey) on

"After four-and-a-half months in Indiana, we will soon be back home in Tennessee," he added. "Me, and our little one, with our older daughters. It's hard for me to imagine being there without Joey, but at the same time... it is where she wants us to be. 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. Joey will still be with us. Everywhere."

He continued, "So if it's okay, I'm gonna close, wipe my tears and pack our bags to hit the road headed south. She's already got a head-start on me."

Joey had spent the past few months in a hospice, saying her final goodbyes to family and friends.

"As Joey has had to learn to come to terms with what is happening to her body and what the future holds, it's been important to her to share some things that she wants me and our girls to remember after she's gone," Rory told PEOPLE in January. "We are surrounded by Joey's family here in Indiana and life is a revolving door of sisters, parents and nieces and nephews - all pouring love and time into Joey and our little family.

"Though the situation and conditions that brought us here are very difficult, it has been a really beautiful time for Joey and all of us," he continued. "Not hardly an hour of the day goes by without someone telling someone else that they love them. It's hard to ask for more than that."
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