Earlier this month, Joey Feek shared her new goal: to live through February to see her daughter Indiana’s birthday, the Grammy Awards, and the release of her and Rory’s newest album Joey + Rory: Hymns That Are Important To Us. Now, Rory is sharing his goal: to share a long slow dance with his “bride” on New Year’s Eve.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer in 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter. Following her diagnosis, Joey underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation in hopes of forcing the cancer into remission. Although it appeared as though Joey was doing better, a mid-October scan revealed that her cancer had not only returned, but had also spread to other parts of her body, including her colon. There was little to nothing left for the doctors to do. Yes, she could continue to undergo chemo and radiation, but it would only buy her time, not the cure she had so desperately hoped and prayed for. After thinking it through, Joey decided enough was enough and to stop treatment. Joey entered hospice care and returned to her home to live out the remainder of her days surrounded by those she loves the most.
Joey and Indiana share bedtime kisses
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Since her diagnosis, Joey’s husband and duet partner Rory Feek has been sharing frequent updates with their fans on Facebook, sharing touching videos, blog posts, and pictures. Most recently, Rory shared a video of New Year’s Eve 2014, which showed Joey and Rory dancing at their 1940s themed party. Rory captioned the video by saying, “We had a 1940’s themed New Years Eve last year in our barn. I dusted off my old uniform and my bride and I cut a rug to some big band music. Hoping for a long sweet slow dance this year.”
Rory has also been documenting Joey’s battle on his blog This Life I Live. On Friday, December 18, Rory wrote a new post titled “santa baby,” revealing that Santa Clause had visited the Feek household a little bit early this year.
“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,” Feek wrote.
Santa Clause visits the Feek residence
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Rory then went on to describe the Santa that arrived at their home, saying he was nothing like the Santa Clauses you see at the local mall. This Santa, Rory said, had the real beard, a real belly, and a giving heart.
“The Kris Kringle that showed up at our door wasn’t your ordinary shopping-mall Santa,” Feek continued. “This one was the real deal… or as close to it as I’ve ever personally seen. 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 especially fond of Santa Clause, Indy, however, was not. It took her a bit longer to warm up to the man in the red suit.
Indy isn’t quite sure about Santa Clause
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Surprisingly, Santa Clause, who is a country music fan (who knew?), was a little nervous about visiting the Feeks. However, once he arrived, he seemed as comfortable as anyone else in the room.
“When the presents were opened and his work was through, Santa found a spot next to Joey and made himself at home – just like an old friend. He said he knew our music (I had no idea Santa was a country music fan) and was a little nervous about coming to see us this evening – not knowing what to expect – or if Joey would be up for their visit. But I think once he saw my bride sitting on the couch and smiling when he came in, and enjoying the evening… he settled in and hopefully had as good a time as we did.”
[Photo via This Life I Live]