Joey+Rory shares plans for what could be their most special Valentine’s Day ever
Joey Martin Feek, left, and Rory Lee Feek, of the country music duo Joey and Rory, kiss during an interview on Thursday April 23, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

As we sit on the eve of Valentine’s Day, people in love are extravagantly planning candlelit dinners and luxurious gifts. Yet, as anyone truly in love knows, sometimes it’s the simple things that can make the most impact.

Just ask country duo Joey+Rory.

Because while Rory admits that he dreams of a Valentine’s Day that includes everything from a candlelit dinner to red wine, this year’s romantic celebration will be much different due to Joey’s continuing battle with cancer:

“Neither Joey, nor I, have laid eyes on our farmhouse back in Tennessee since the middle of October,” Rory writes in a February 12 blog post ( “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.”

Despite this cruel reality, leave it to Rory to have another plan in mind:

“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. 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  The passion for each other that Joey and I once had has been replaced by the sweetest, gentlest kisses.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.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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