Joey Feek and her family received a very special surprise on Friday. As Rory wrote in his blog This Life I Live, the Feeks were expecting a box full of goodies from their friends in Arkansas, but they didn’t expect who would be delivering those goodies.
“Some friends of ours from Arkansas, Dave and Nicole Trudo, called a few days ago and said that they were sending a box filled-with-goodies to us and that it was going to be delivered in a special way… and boy, they weren’t kidding,” Rory Feek wrote in his post titled “santa baby.”
Although it seemed as though it was just an ordinary evening, it was anything but. When Rory heard a knock at the door, he answered it and saw none other than Santa Claus and his wife Mrs. Claus. No, this wasn’t the ordinary Santa you see at the mall. This Santa had a real beard and a real belly, and a heart of gold.
“He had the real beard, the real belly, and on top of that he had the kindest smile and a heart for special babies and mama’s with no hair… I loved him from the moment I met him.”
While Joey and Rory were delighted to see Kris Kringle at their door, their daughter, 22-month-old Indiana (Indy), took a little longer to warm up to him. Like most young kids meeting Santa Clause for the first time, Indy just wasn’t quite sure about the man in the red suit.
Joey and Rory continued the night by getting to know their Santa Claus. They learned that he was retired military and used to work in law enforcement. After he retired from apprehending the bad guys, he found his true calling as Santa, even attending Santa school twice. He told Joey and Rory that “you haven’t lived ’til you’ve found a job that allows you to give something back.” That’s why each year, from Thanksgiving to January 1, he spreads Christmas cheer to those both young and old.
“What a blessing this evening was. Indy’s first time to meet Santa Clause… and Joey and I’s first chance to get to know him a little better,” Rory wrote. “With all the wonderful gifts that Santa (and the Trudo’s) brought, our little baby really only cared about one… the big box the presents came in. She found a spot in the bubble wrap and paper and just read her books and played ’til she was worn out and ready for bed.”
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer last year, three months after giving birth to her daughter. She later underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. While Joey seemed to have been doing better, a mid-October scan revealed that her cancer had not only returned, but had spread to other parts of her body, including her colon. Because there was nothing left for the doctors to do, Joey made the most difficult decision of her life… to stop treatment. With the help of Rory, Joey decided enough was enough, and the Feeks returned to their home where Joey could live out her final days, however many that may be, in hospice care surrounded by her family.
[Photo via This Life I Live]