Ready a glass of wine and have your tissues within reach — Rory Feek just published a new blog post.
In it, he details his and Joey’s romantic first Valentine’s Day together, which also happened to be their first date.
“Our very first date was on Valentines day in 2002,” he wrote. “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.” [sic]
And after sharing that memory, Rory reveals the heartbreaking, perfect way he plans to spend his 14th and final Valentine’s Day with Joey, who is dying of cervical cancer.
“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,” he begins. [sic]
He continues, “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 The passion for each other that Joey and I once had has been replaced by the sweetest, gentlest kisses.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.” [sic]
Joey+Rory are nominated for an award at Sunday’s Grammys, where Rory revealed that their daughters and manager will represent them.
” We’ll watch the presenters and performances and scan the cutaways to the audience for our daughters and our manager in the sea of people dressed-to-the-nines for the big night. And we will smile at each other and wonder how in the world we got so blessed. How we’ve come so far without going anywhere at all,” Rory wrote. “Joey tried to talk me into going with them… many, many times. She even had a Southwest ticket purchased for me that I cancelled. I can’t leave her. I won’t. I have done many foolish things and made lots of mistakes in my life, but this isn’t going to be one of them.” [sic]
Read the full post and follow the Feek family’s heart-wrenching journey on their blog.