Joey + Rory enjoyed an early Christmas celebration this year – complete with a visit from Santa Claus himself.
In a new post on his blog, This Life I Live, Rory Feek explains how their friends Dave and Nicole Trudo brought a little holiday magic to their home. The Trudos decided to take the roles of Santa and Mrs. Claus for the day in order to bring some much-needed holiday cheer to Joey, Rory and their daughter Indiana.
“The Kris Kringle that showed up at our door wasn’t your ordinary shopping mall Santa. This one was the real deal… or as close to it as I’ve ever personally seen,” Rory Feek shares. “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 mamas with no hair. I loved him from the moment I met him.”
Joey Feek has been in home hospice care since early November due to terminal cervical cancer. In recent weeks, Feek has been spending more time out of bed with her family.
“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,” Rory explains of his surprise visitor. “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.”
The Feeks spent hours with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, unwrapping gifts and getting to know each other better. Santa explained to Rory that he had retired from the military and worked in law enforcement before he decide to put on his big red suit. “You haven’t lived ’til you’ve found a job that allows you to give something back,” he told the Feeks.
The visit seemed to give a new sense of hope and joy to the Feeks as they hold onto hope that Joey still has many more holidays to enjoy ahead.
“What a blessing this evening was,” Rory said. “What a beautiful way to kick off the week leading up to Christmas.”