Throughout their battle with her terminal cervical cancel, Rory and Joey Feek have shown us time and time again what it means to love “in sickness and in health”. And just today, on his blog This Life I Live, Rory shows us once again what it means to love his “bride” all the time, no matter what.
In the touching post, Rory tells the story behind the couple’s first date, on Valentine’s Day 2002—at a party for Joey’s work at a horse veterinary clinic of all places. “That night must’ve gone pretty well…” he says, “because two months later we were engaged and two months after that, Joey and I were married.”
Now, nearly 14 years later, Rory sits beside Joey each day and she grows closer and closer to death on this earth and eternal life in heaven. Rory reports that of late, Joey has hardly been able to eat at all. He says despite it all, they’ve got plans for a big week ahead. “but ultimately how the plan plays out is up to God.”
As if Valentines Day this Sunday, the Grammy awards Monday (they are nominated for their song “If I Needed You”) and their daughter Indiana’s second birthday on Wednesday, weren’t enough, their new album, Songs and Hymns That Are Important to Us was released today!
Rory sweetly describes his Valentine’s wishesm and modified plans for his beloved wife, saying,
“What I really want to do on this, our 14th Valentines together, is share a romantic candle-lit dinner with my bride: grill out rib-eyes on the campfire back home, pour two glasses of red wine and sit across from her at our kitchen table – just like we’ve done on more than one special occasion. But those things aren’t able to happen this year.
Neither Joey, nor I, have laid eyes on our farmhouse back in Tennessee since the middle of October. On top of that, Joey’s illness hasn’t allowed her to be able to eat much of anything for some time now and she sleeps most of the days and nights away. So my hope this year instead is to hold her hand and take her on a ‘virtual’ walk down memory lane together… with pictures and videos on my laptop. 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.
A trip down memory lane together…
That, and I’m hoping for a few soft kisses. The passion for each other that Joey and I once had has been replaced by the sweetest, gentlest kisses.
I live for those kisses.
They are enough.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Rory Feek has a way with words. Those last few sentences moved me to tears.
Thanks for sharing your journey of love, life, and faith with us, Joey and Rory. We’re rooting for you at the Grammys Monday, and we wish you the most meaningful Valentine’s Day you’ve ever had.