There is no coming back from losing a child.

I often post about all of the gifts that Rob brings to me; there are too many to count. However, it is difficult for me to talk about the pain. Last Thursday, I spoke at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church’s recovery service. There were many people there who were struggling to get their lives back. I found myself feeling safe enough to get vulnerable. I talked about the pain…. There is no coming back from losing a child. I’ve been … Read More

Drug Overdose Takes Another Life

Liz, I remember sitting at the kitchen table with you, at Rob’s house. You were struggling and starting to travel down the road of relapse. We confronted you, and we gave you the opportunity redirect. You chose to leave the house instead. I can picture us talking at the table, and I am wondering if there was something else we could have said to change your mind. It is one of the most difficult things to watch someone walk out … Read More

A trip between sober homes…

Rob, thank for the gifts of today. Valerie and I got to help Nicholle this morning. I got to be at your house. The weather was absolutely beautiful. I got to put on shorts and a tank top, and do a long run, starting from your house. I even got to run by Kristin’s house. It made me very aware of how your death has given birth to the most beautiful thing ever… recovery for so many!!! I love you … Read More

Treats for the Sober Homes

Thank you so much to Elliott Slattery for taking time out of your busy day to make all of the women at RML (Reclaiming My Life Sober Home) and KMS (Keeping My Serenity Sober Home) feel a little extra special yesterday. Sharing little things like these treats brings smiles to our faces!     Rob’s legacy lives on through such wonderful people. Things like this remind me that, although my hearts breaks every day, I am so very blessed. Elliott, … Read More

A precious gift this Christmas…

Tonight was our Christmas dinner with all of the girls from Reclaiming My Life and Keeping My Serenity. Joining us were all of the women who help to run the houses, people who have adopted our houses, and three of us moms who have lost our beautiful children to the disease of addiction. As I looked around the room this evening, I was very aware that this was all happening because Rob died. And as heartbreaking as it is, it … Read More

Four beautiful women…

Without these four women…. Brittney and I gave birth to Reclaiming My Life and Keeping My Serenity. Alyssa stepped in and saved the houses. Sarah and Morgana completed the houses and turned them into what they are meant to be. These four beautiful women are my family, and they have each saved me in different ways. From day one of starting Rising Above Addiction, Rob has been my my side, guiding me to fulfill his purpose. Brittney, I am so … Read More

Keeping My Serenity… at note from Valerie Spurrier

Two years ago Keeping My Serenity was opened. I have been blessed by all the girls who have come through KMS & RML. Kristin’s legacy of helping others continues thru her passing. Thank you Tammy for caring and loving me and my girl. Through our tragedy, our kids have given others a second chance at life, recovery is a beautiful thing. Thank you for giving my grief some direction and giving my life a sense of purpose. From day one! … Read More

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