Country music duo and committed Christians Joey + Roey Feek are celebrating Christmas a little earlier this year. According to Rory's newest blog post, their friends Dave and Nicole Trudo (who live in Arkansas) wanted to visit the Feeks for Christmas. So, they dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Claus and gave the couple and their daughter a big surprise.
"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 writes. "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."
The trip by the Trudos were particularly meaningful to the Feeks because Joey is fighting the last stages of Stage IV cervical cancer. Earlier in the year, the doctors have reported that the cancer has spread. After much prayers and deliberations, the Feeks have decided to stop treatment and they have come home to live.
"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 Feek recounts. "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."
Santa and the Feeks "talked together for a long, long time," and they learned his story: He was a retired military member and used to be in law enforcement, and he now spreads Christmas cheer every year. "It turned out our Santa is retired military and used to be in law enforcement - apprehending bad guys. Then sometime after he retired, he found his true calling. Love.
He told us that "you haven't lived 'til you've found a job that allows you to give something back". He said he takes his job very seriously... he's even been to Santa school - twice. And from Thanksgiving to January 1st each year, he spreads Christmas cheer and delivers presents all over Indiana to good little boys and girls - from pre-school age ones like Indy, to the elderly folks in retirement homes."
One of the evening's most heart warming incident was when Indiana (Feeks' daughter) who is nearly two years-old met Santa for the first time. Her expression was priceless. Rory writes: "Our little Indiana took a little longer to warm up to him..."