Country music duo Joey Feek and Rory Feek have learned to cherish every day together. That’s because Joey is battling terminal cancer in hospice care. To share their journey of love, heartbreak, and courage, Rory has created a blog, “This Life I Live.” On it, Feek recalled his first Valentine’s Day with Joey and revealed his plans for what will likely be their last as a couple, reported Us Weekly.
“Our very first date was on Valentines day in 2002,” recalled Rory. “The horse-vet clinic Joey worked for at the time, Tennessee Equine Hospital, had a Valentines get-together for their staff and she invited me to come with her. That night must’ve gone pretty well … because two months later we were engaged and two months after that, Joey and I were married.”
Sunday marks the 14th Valentine’s Day that Feek and Joey have celebrated as a couple. The 49-year-old shared his vision for how he will care for his frail wife on this very special day this year. Rory longs to enjoy a dinner lit by candles, as they have done before. Instead, Feek will take Joey, 40, on a virtual visit to the past.
In hospice care since last autumn, Joey learned the news that she had stage IV cervical cancer in June 2014. But for Valentine’s Day, Rory wants to return to the beginning of their romance.
“I want to take her back to where our lives first began together, and relive this beautiful journey that God has taken us on. From that first song she heard me sing at the Bluebird cafe, to the last one we sang together as we stood on stage and took our final bow … to the songs that she will leave behind here on earth and the ones she will soon sing for eternity to our sweet Lord in that heavenly choir up yonder.”
In addition to Valentine’s Day, Feek is looking forward to viewing the Grammy Awards on February 15 with Joey. Because they cannot attend the ceremony, Hopie and Heidi (Rory’s daughters from an earlier marriage) will represent Joey + Rory. The country duo were nominated for a Grammy.
That’s not all the excitement that they have planned this month. Indiana turns 2 on Wednesday, with Joey and Feek looking forward to celebrating their daughter’s birthday. Feek wrote his plans on his blog, calling it the “Master Plan” with regard to recognizing Joey’s limitations while enjoying the special occasion.
“Our plan is to put streamers up around Joey’s bed and move Indiana’s high-chair beside her, so Joey can be part of it,” explained Rory. “So she can watch our little-one eat her cupcake and rip the wrapping paper off her gifts. But Joey is very fragile right now, and so with all of these plans we have, we will need to adjust for what my wife needs.”
Among their accomplishments as a country duo, the Feek family recently completed their seventh studio album. February 12 marked the release date of Hymns That Are Important to Us.
In addition to the album, Joey and Rory taped a concert special, reported the Daily Mail.
“Joey was so exhausted, she barely made it through the evening. I actually don’t know how she did,” revealed Feek of the special. “But to watch, other than her already being thin and tired… you wouldn’t hardly know it. She was in all her glory on that stage singing those songs, and it shows.”
Rory initially began to view the DVD, but then chose to wait.
“I’m going to watch it with Joey… on Valentines day date night,” shared Feek.
Looking forward to watching the Grammy Award, Rory revealed that his wife had wanted him to attend in person. Joey + Rory received a nomination for “If I Needed You” in the Best Country Duo/ Group Performance category. Instead, in addition to his daughters, their manager Aaron Carnahan will attend. At their request, Feek wrote something for them to read in case the duo wins.
As the Inquisitr reported, Blake Shelton has shared his support for Joey and Rory. Nominated in the same category of Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Shelton revealed that he is so moved by the courage and faith that Joey and Rory have shown that he wants them to win.
“The courage that they as a family have displayed — it’s inspirational. It’s sad, but it’s special at the same time,” noted Blake.
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