Rory Feek and his wife Joey Feek plan to celebrate Valentine's Day at home. In a new blog post Friday, Rory wrote that Feb. 14 is extra special to him and his wife because they had their first date on Valentine's Day in 2002. Rory said just two months after their initial date, they were engaged and a short time later they married.
“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,” he wrote. “But those things aren’t able to happen this year.”
Rory explained that his wife is just too ill to enjoy an outdoor campfire. As previously reported, Joey has been battling stage 4 cervical cancer for almost two years. The 40-year-old country singer stopped chemotherapy treatments in October, according to Us Weekly, and was put on home hospice care in November.
Instead of heading outdoors to celebrate Valentine's Day, Rory said he will “hold her hand and take her on a ‘virtual’ walk down memory lane together … with pictures and videos on my laptop.”
He continued, “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 café, 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.”
He also said he hopes to share a few "soft kisses'' with his wife.
Rory went on to add that the day after Valentine's Day is also special because it's the Grammy Awards. The pair, who makes up the country duo Joey+Rory, was nominated for Best Duo/Group vocal Performance for "If I Needed You." They're up against Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe, Little Big Town, Brothers Osbourne and Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay.
“When you love country music as much as we do, to even be nominated … is like winning the lottery,” Rory told Entertainment Tonight in January.