Granger Smith Shows What Love Looks Like After Tragedy In Anniversary Post

By Blake Taylor

February 12, 2020

Granger Smith Shows What Love Looks Like After Tragedy In Anniversary Post

Granger Smith and his wife Amber celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on Tuesday (February 11). Now, a decade later, the couple is reflecting on their relationship and the storms they've had to weather, especially throughout the last year.

The couple lost their 3-year-old son, River in a drowning accident at their family home near Austin in June 2019. Smith opened up on social media about how the tragedy has affected his relationship with his wife, showing his painfully real perspective.

"It's not real," Smith writes alongside a picture perfect photo of himself with his wife. He acknowledges that from the outside looking in, it might look like a couple "living out the fairytale story." He continues on to explain that while it might look that way to the public, what he sees is something completely different.

"What I see: 2 people in a storm," Smith says. "Hanging on to God for truth and guidance like a lone fence post in a ravaging wind. I see a girl hurting. Drawing on unimaginable strength just to continue on with necessary motherly duties. Clinging to the Bible like it’s a life raft hurdling through an unknown sea. I see a man, savagely battling a relentless demon. Shielded only by Faith and masking the crippling weakness brought on by his deep shame; his failure as a father."

"But we’re still in love," he continues. "Stronger than ever before, but it feels different in its evolution now. It’s not the fairytale, but the vulnerability that fuels the fire. The very essence of what makes us human...bounded by integrity and truth but still fundamentally flawed...that makes our love mature."

As he starts to conclude his post, he notes how sweet it is to see a young couple in love, but how it's even better to see an older couple still together. "Because you know the peaks and valleys they’ve climbed together, the storms they’ve weathered, the mature love that’s endured," he explains, adding, "THAT is the real fairytale."

Since the accident, the family has been open about the grieving process. Both Granger and Amber have shared multiple social media posts updating fans while also periodically sharing videos to their family YouTube channel, The Smiths.

The family also recently announced their plans to continue to honor their late son's memory through the River Kelly Fund. The organization will support charities and causes that are close to the family's heart, including arts and education, wildlife preservation, first responders and more.

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It’s not real. - What you see: A couple seemingly in love. Living out the fairytale story draped in the sunset sky with a blue wood planked porch, white antique rocking chair, barefoot, sun kissed hair and summer tanned skin. A couple without a care in the world because LOVE has so consumed them. - Oh yah, and there’s a camera dude. And another guy holding a bounce board for perfect light. There’s a slew of other characters behind that making damn sure the fairytale looks believable. It’s okay, it’s my job and I’m used to it. It’s part of what I do in the lens of a camera to sell a song or a lifestyle or a brand. But just because its for sale doesn’t make it 100% REAL. At some level, you (the reader of this post) will only see the side we allow you to see at the time. That’s how humans work. Anyone that’s ever chosen a family photo according to the least crooked of their crooked smiles, knows what I mean. - What I see: 2 people in a storm. Hanging on to God for truth and guidance like a lone fence post in a ravaging wind. I see a girl hurting. Drawing on unimaginable strength just to continue on with necessary motherly duties. Clinging to the Bible like it’s a life raft hurdling through an unknown sea. I see a man, savagely battling a relentless demon. Shielded only by Faith and masking the crippling weakness brought on by his deep shame; his failure as a father. - But we’re still in love. Stronger than ever before, but it feels different in its evolution now. It’s not the fairytale, but the vulnerability that fuels the fire. The very essence of what makes us human...bounded by integrity and truth but still fundamentally flawed...that makes our love mature. - It’s always sweet to see a young couple exchange vows and rings. But it’s truly special when you see the old couple holding hands on the sidewalk. Because you know the peaks and valleys they’ve climbed together, the storms they’ve weathered, the mature love that’s endured. THAT is the real fairytale. - I guess I just want to say that today is our 10 year wedding anniversary. And I love @amberemilysmith a whole bunch. And it will take more than “til death do us part.” ❤️🦋

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8 months since I kissed his sweet face. Struggling this week. All the emotions - anger, sadness, fear and joy sprinkled in (Inside Out anyone?) Doesn’t help that I’m not feeling my best. Thanks cedar 😷. Being run down just feeds into the sadness. Digging into my devotionals and the word, but honestly, sometimes you just have to be present and sit in the suck for a little bit, feel it and then pick back up again. I’m reading a new book called Option B. We are all living some sort of option B. We can’t always have our option A, with perfect little lives and joy all the time, so we have to “kick the crap out of Option B” and sometimes C or D. God will work all things out for good. I felt God so closely for the last few months. I feel like he’s been a little more silent lately but I’m ok with that. I mean he was silent for 400 years. I think I can handle a few days or weeks. “Even when I don’t see it, you’re working, even when I don’t feel it you’re working”. Someone also said in bible study this week, “we are so lucky because we have God’s word. Even when we feel like he’s silent, he’s not. We can read his word, he’s always speaking to us.” I love that. I’m resting in that. 🙏🏼

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