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40 under 40

cover_013109I am super excited and proud to announce Tim made the Indiana Business Journal’s Top Forty Under Forty List for 2009.  It is essentially a list of the top movers and shakers in the city.   His write-up includes not only his work in the commercial space, but the significant achievement his unit made in being the first Black Hawk unit to Iraq from Indiana.

To view the list CLICK HERE (see page 15 of the supplement).  The winners are in alphabetical order.  The insert of the weekly newspaper was issued today.

Congratulations, Bud!


Kind of a rowdy-looking bunch, eh?  We had a great visit with Betsy and Suzy while they gandered at our newest addition to the family…Baby Axel.  It is hard to believe they all start out that small and rapidly grow into little balls of energy. 

Grandpa would have loved this picture because it includes seven out of his ten GREAT grandchildren.  Definitely a Kodak moment.  I am hoping we can capture them all together for our pilgrimmage to Gennessee, Pennsylvania in April.

Pictured from the left:  Elin, Campbell, Emerson, Axel, Briggs, Gage, and Drew.


scary cat

I promised Stacy I would upload pictures of our beloved cat, Misty.  She is as old as the hills.  We have had her since 1992.  She has lived in multiple homes in four states.  She has traveled on planes, trains, and automobiles.   Like the rest of the Stoner Clan…she has a lot of personality.

When we resided in Alabama during Flight School, her best friend was an armadillo.  They seriously had some sort of shared language.  We would often catch them sitting next to each other looking out into the woods.  It would make a perfect children’s story, “Misty and the Armadillo.”  No one steal the idea…we may run with it someday!

She prefers to either drink from a fish bowl, the toilet or the shower.  She refuses to drink out of a bowl unless it is from a glass with ice in it.  Total Diva Cat! 

When Tim and I were in graduate school, we moved her from Chicago to Muncie.  She escaped from the car as soon as we arrived and was missing for two weeks.  Tim finally discovered her high up in a tree, and rescued her.  She was malnourished and dirty.  Thus the love affair began between the two.

I don’t believe I have ever heard such a boisterous cat.  She talks all of the time…and loudly.  She is often and embarrassingly heard over many of  my conference calls.  She knows the moment we start packing for a trip.  She hates to see the suitcases come out.  And, there is no feeding time for Misty…it is anytime you walk by.

She has and continues to endure the toddler stage of each of our children.  She gets chased, cornered, and smothered. She sometimes fights back but seems to enjoy the attention more than not.  She sleeps with her best buddy, Gage, every night.  

Despite her Diva-persona, she never has been particularly fond of grooming.  Like there isn’t anything else for her to do.  Worse, as she has grown into her senior years, she has pretty much stopped licking herself altogether.  Hence, the recent shaving that was required. 

She looked like a white, wet rat.  The hair has grown out considerably since this photo was taken.  But I figure this blog wouldn’t be complete with Misty.  P.S. We gave her something fun to play with on New Year’s Eve.


axel gordon karl

Nate and Helena had a BOY this morning…and a big boy he is.  He was born at 5:24am weighing 9lbs. 6 oz.  He is healthy, with a head full of hair.  We all visited him this morning, along with Big Sister, Elin.  They were excited to see him…they only wished they could have touched and poked him.  Welcome to the family, little man!

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