Granger Smith and his wife Amber Bartlett have release a new video discussing the tragic death of their 3-year-old son River. In it they honor him with a video montage, talk about their quest to find the good in this situation, and discuss for the first time, the circumstances that led to his death.
"It was actually a night just like this and I was outside playing with London" Granger explained, choking back tears. "We were doing gymnastics in the yard and the boys were playing a water gun fight. I remember thinking, I was looking at London, and as she was doing gymnastics and I thought, 'Soak up this moment because it's not going to last forever.' Somewhere between 30 seconds and three minutes, we don't know, Amber and I are inside our pool gate doing CPR on our son.'
The couple thanked their friends, family, and fans for the support and for the outpouring of love they have received, and offered a look at their plans going forward. "I think the platform that we immediately stand for is love those close to you, soak up those moments, live for today, live in the present, because we're not guaranteed tomorrow" said Smith. "What happened to us that night defied all possibilities. We believe that, in our belief that God gave us River for three years and that was his mission. I don't believe that God takes anyone too soon."
"The most important thing that we want to say, and the reason we're doing this video, is that we are committed to each other, we're committed to our family, our kids, our faith. We are stronger than ever right now. We have gotten so close, and we are going to constantly search for the meaning behind all this."
"We'll find the meaning, and the good in this."
Earlier this month, Smith released a T-shirt in honor of River, with 100% of the proceeds going towards the hospital that cared for him before he passed away. The shirt is available to purchase here.