Friday, August 29, 2008

Alex asked me if I got my paint job changed. He meant my hair. lol

Here it is. Something alittle different. No red. Just dark brown and copper. I like the change.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

My TNT Group

Here is a pic of our Team In Training group. Some of us are going to Phoenix in January and some are going to Disney. This pic was taken at our kickoff.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

God is Good!

Earlier this year my Pastor gave our church a Challenge to trust God with our Tithes, and be faithful for 3 months. Adam and I took that Challenge. Having not grown up in church we didn't understand how to turn that part of us over to God. But we wanted to give it all we had.

So we started Tithing on everything, and we started to see God work in our finances. I am a worrier, I guess I thoguht if I worried about it I could find a way to make it work. God was trying to teach me to count on him, and trust in him and not worry about it. So I tried to do that. There was one week in particular that we were tight. So that week, I didn't worry about it, I knew it didn't add up, but I know what the word says. We have been praying for checks in the mail and finding money. That week several hundred dollars appeared in our account. Part of me wanted to not doubt it and not question it, but I am the kind of person that if you give me the wrong amount of change, I don't see it as a blessing, I give it back. So I checked, and it was our Money!! Woohoo. Threw out those months, I we weren't wasteful, and because of that if we were in a bind, God worked it out. There were several times that checks arrived right on time, and we recieved our tax stimulus check. There was talk of layoffs at work, and the day the layoffs happened, I got a raise. A very nice raise. God is Good.

Then GE made the announcement that they were putting Appliance Park up for Sale. I have blogged about it here, FAITH, so you can read about that on my blog. You can imagine all the rumors, and attitudes at work. It was a huge test. It went from we are out of jobs, to get ready to move to China. We started to look at our options. Our biggest option was to move out of State to a better job market. The devil would love that, to get us away from a church that has changed our family, and taught us how to have a relationship with God. But we have been praying for jobs and better jobs. And about a month or so ago, GE announced that instead of selling the business, we would spin off into our own company. We won't be GE anymore, we will be a new company with a new name, but we will still sale GE appliances, and we will be in Louisville, and we will have jobs, and GE will offer more Jobs. Jobs and Better Jobs!! I was reminded of this this morning when I saw a friend form church who does security at GE now. He has recently been hired on.

There are times that the worrier in me starts, but I have to remind myself what GOd has done, and that is just the tip of the iceburg.

Adam just got a promotion and raise, and has a position that he enjoys more.

I am so happy that I have a pastor that was not affraid of talking about tithing, and gave us that challenge. God showed us that we can trust in him, and he will be our provider. I really believe that our faithfulness to him is the reason for our blessings. It is nothing we have done, just what he asked of us.

I was reflecting on this this morning and had to share.

Friday, August 22, 2008

I am running with Team In Training for LLS

Dear Family and Friends,

On January 18, 2009, I will be running a mini-marathon in Phoenix, Arizona! That’s 13.1 miles, and yes all at once. Luckily, I am not doing this on my own. I have joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. Through this program, I have great coaches, mentors and teammates whose support will help me cross the finish line. I have a desire to make a difference in this fight to cure blood cancers.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was rated one of the top ten charities for having the highest percentage of funds raised that directly benefit research and patient services. I’m proud to be a part of TNT and fully support there mission: cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and Myeloma and improve the quality of life for it’s patients and their families.

An estimated 823,349 Americans have blood cancers.
Every 5 minutes someone is diagnosed.
Every 10 minutes someone dies from blood cancers (an estimates 52,310 deaths in 2007).
There are approximately 50 different drugs being used in treatment.

We lost my mother-on-law and my grandmother to cancer. LLS has done so much for Cancer research and this is my way to help out, and make sure that no one else that I love has to face this disease. One of the greatest contributions of the Society is toward research. Significant progress has been made in the treatment of this disease, and researchers are now optimistic that they will find a cure within 6 years.

My personal goal is to cross the finish line having raised $3,600 and I know it’s possible with the support of family and friends like you! Please consider donating.

As I walk the 13.1-mile mini-marathon, you will be with me in spirit, and your sponsorship will inspire me to walk stronger and faster to the finish line. Whatever you can do to contribute matters…it all adds up! With over 75% of your donation going directly to research, you truly can make a difference.

If possible, please send your donation by September 12th so I can monitor my fundraising efforts. However, I will continue to accept donations until the day of the race.

Please visit my website at and make donations online, this is a secure site. Please forward this email to others who may be interested in donating. Sadly, there are so many people affected by Leukemia and Lymphoma, and there are a lot of people who would like to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

If you would like to pay by check, please make checks payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and email me for my address.

Thank you so much for your support and generosity!

Angela Rivera


Thursday, August 14, 2008

a thought...

It is sad that someone can be so lonely while surrounded by so many people.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

First Day of School

Adam's First Day of Middle School. Can you believe it....I can't. He was so excited.

He rode the bus for the very first time. We are dropping him off so he can ride to school with Ashley who is a sophmore this year (can't believe that either). When we dropped them off at the bus stop, it was just me and Alex. So I took him to his school, and it was wierd just taking Alex. For 6 years Adam went to that elementary school, and for the past two years they were there together.

So the First day of school was great, other than me thinking of them every second of the day, but that is not so bad.

Alex says he likes school. He has lots of friends in his class, but he still missed his brother. The first day of school he said he had 5 girls chasing him on the play ground. Oh brother.

Adam loves Middle School. Such a relief to me. He has his own locker, gets to change classes, and he is in Orchestra. He plays the Violin, and is saving for an Electric Violin. He going to school with some of his friends, and has made some new ones. Yesturday he got a good ol' circle yes or no note from a girl. His dad was so proud. lol. But Adam has always told him, If your in sports you can't have a girl friend, cause they will mess your game up. lol.

Alex doesn't have home work the first week, but Adam had his first homework last night. He had to add fractions. Brought back memories. Least common denominator. Not fun. I am good at math, but it wasn't fun having to go threw and check to make sure they were all write. This could get challenging.

So right now, they are both loving school.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Family Fun Time

Last night it felt so good outside. So we all went out into the back yard and threw the ball around, and played with the dogs. I got some good pics of Laila and Trinidad. Looks like this weekend is going to be nice. Looks like we might have to take a trip to the park.

Check out the pics I posted on my Flickr account.


Check out Trinidad's Doggyspace. Oh yes my friends...there is a myspace for dogs, and I am all about that.

Trinidad's Doggy Space

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Puppies!!

Happy Birthday to you, woof woof...
Happy Birthday to you, woof woof...
Happy Birthday dear..
Lucy, Rocky, Scooby, Noelani, and Tyson...woof woof
Happy Birthday to you!!!!

One year ago today Laila and Trinidad had Puppies. It was an amazing experience. We helped Laila give birth to the pups, we watched them come into this world, and we got attached to them over the next 6-8 weeks. We took care of them, and played with them every waking minute, and some sleeping ones. They all have good homes, and we get to see them and hear stories about them. We love our dogs, and we have a special place in our heart for the puppies. So over the next week, we will be visiting the puppies and taking them there Birthday Presents.

Enjoy the pics.

The Puppies are Born!



Scooby and Rocky

Check out theses posts from last August.
Puppies Have Arrived
The Boys Name the Puppies
Were are the puppies at??
Caught Red Handed

Monday, August 4, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Twitter Account

I had to set up a new Twitter Account today. So to my twitter peeps, I am now..Angiegirlrivera

Friday, August 1, 2008

Alex says...

Alex: mom I think I need to go to the gym to work out so you can see my scabs.

Me: scabs?

Alex: (Pointing to his stomach) Yeah Scabs.

Big Adam: Your abs?

Alex: Yeah, that's what it is.


To Twitter or Not to Twitter

So day 1 without twitter. Felt kind of lonely not having my twitter peeps to share little things with. There were so many times I reached for my phone to twitter and it wasn't there. So I started to think, does it really hurt anything.

The reasons I considered stopping..
Am I giving too much info to people. - Sometimes I feel I put too much of myself out there. Is this another one of those times?
Is it effected me actually blogging. - I love to blog. Blogging I do for myself, not for others, and not for comments. I do love that people read my blog. I think it gives people more insight into who I am.

Why I twitter...
Sometimes you just need to tell someone something that doesn't necessarily require feedback. Some of my favorite twit times are the on going conversations on twitter with my twit peeps. This morning on my way to work I notices gas went up to 3.89. hello, wasn't it just 3.69 or something. That is ridiculous, I reached for my phone to twit, but forgot I deleted my account. (Remind me, why did I do this again)

There are things I blog about that are too long for twitter. There are things like the shock of gas at 3.89 again that I wanted to twitter about that I wouldn't blog about.

It fits me. I blog, I load almost all my pics on Flickr(some public some private), and I twitter. I really don't mind putting myself out there, until someone hurts me, but I always bounce back. If you read my blog and don't like what I blog about don't read it. If you don't want to see every picture I took from summer vacation, you don't have to look, and if you don't like how I twitter, don't follow me. Remember it is to give you insight on who I am, not what you perceive of me, or what others tell you of me. Some will like me, others won't. That is ok.

I like to hear what everyone is up too, not to be nosie, but just to know what my twitter peeps are up to.

Is it really that big of a deal? No, I enjoy it, it doesn't hurt anything or anyone, so twitter peeps, I am back.

Alittle insight on me,,,I analyze, can you tell. lol