Identical Twins Marry Identical Twins and it Doesn’t End There!

identical twins marry identical twinsYou don’t see identical twins everyday. The chances of having identical twins is 3 in 1000 so it’s not something that happens everyday and that makes them something special, in my book. I actually lived in Twinsburg, Ohio for a year, which is where they hold an annual twins convention, which made this story even more interesting to me.

Identical twin brothers, Mark and Craig Sanders were at the annual twins convention in Twinsburg, Ohio in 1998 when Mark met Darlene Nettemeier in the hotel lobby. Darlene and her identical twin sister, Diana, were visiting relatives who lived near the convention and decided to stop by.

Mark experienced love at first sight when he met Darlene and he wanted to introduce his brother, Craig, to Darlene’s identical twin sister, Diane. To make a long story short, two brothers met their identical twin soul mate sisters. After dating for a while, the men proposed to the ladies on the same day, with the exact same engagement ring.

To take the identical twin theme even a bit further, they had a double wedding and the ladies even wore the exact same dress design and their father walked them both down the aisle together in 1999. But, they didn’t stop there with twins…

In 2001, Craig and Diane gave birth to identical twin boys, Colby and Brady. What are the odds? Glad you asked. The odds of identical twin brothers, marrying identical twin sisters and then one of the couples giving birth to identical twin sons in one in millions.

Mark and Darlene have 2 little girls and Craig and Diane have the identical twin boys and another son. Due to genetic makeup, all five of the children are technically considered siblings but reason, and the fact that they have different parents, makes them cousins. If your mind is not completely blown away by this family and you are not seeing double yet, the families live next door to one another in Houston. Holy smokes, it must be hard to have an identity of your own in that family. Then again, wouldn’t it be awesome to have two of you?


I’m not a twin but I would think that after awhile you would want to stop having who you are permanently tethered to someone else. I think this story is very cool but if I had a sister, who looked just like me, living right next door with her husband that looked just like mine, I’d feel like I was always being compared to her and that would get old really fast. I’d imagine the price of having a built in best friend is losing some of your own independence and identity.

I wonder if the spouses ever mistake the wrong person for their partner? Or what about the children do they call Auntie Darlene Mommy accidentally and vice versa? Either way, I bet life is confusing for their Houston neighbors.


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Identical Twins Marry Identical Twins and it Doesn’t End There!

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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  1. Profile photo of EllaSilver EllaSilver says:

    "Either way, I bet life is confusing for their Houston neighbors."

    It’s TEXAS. I doubt this kind of thing is confusing at all.

  2. Profile photo of monette3 monette3 says:

    Wow. That is crazy! Twins run in my family too, so who knows?

  3. Profile photo of Tracy Tracy says:

    I am a gay man named Miccia , with a husband name Steve we have two wonderful twins Ae-Cha Bea and In-Su Bay, because of a medical condition know as hermaphrodite making me half male and female organ so I could carry the twins myself

  4. Profile photo of Les Groff Les Groff says:

    Twins run every generation and triplet run every other generation in my family. My mother had triplets so her cousin Tony was scared to get pregnant. Tony was a twin. Tony waited a few years and ended up pregnant. She was so happy it was twins and not triplets like my mother. The girl looked just like her and the boy looked just like her brother (twin), kinda cool. I think it is more amazing for a woman to carry multiple children natural than being that child of a multiple birth. A woman’s body goes through so much while pregnant. Children of multiple births are blessed with their first best friend at birth that will always be around to the end.

  5. "…and another son." Well there goes that kids self worth.

  6. When I was growing up we had 2 identical twin brothers that married identical twin sisters. Both couples got pregnant twice at the same time. The first time they both had sons that looked very different, but the second time they both had daughters that look exactly alike. It was mind blowing.

  7. Profile photo of BrunoCruz BrunoCruz says:

    How many times must this writer use "exact same" within this article? Maybe this goes along with the twin theme, but if two things are the same, then they are also exact. "Exact same" is redundant. My apologies, but this word combination is a huge pet peeve of mine, and I find it hard to forgive when it’s a professional writer using it. Besides this little gripe, this is an interesting article.

  8. Profile photo of eva eva says:

    Hi scp1957
    So good to read your story here! It took me ages to work out, but surely your mum and dad must have had the same surname before they married. Maybe if it is a common surname they may not have suspected they were related. Do tell me if they were the same, otherwise I have not been so successful as I thought working it out! The only way I could grasp it was to substitute my family relations, imagining that two male siblings and two female siblings were actually twins. But that would make your mum’s twin aunts having married their nephews and their nephew (your dad) having married their niece, (your mum)! That is assuming your dad’s granddad married your mum’s mum! I still haven’t figured out who the two married couples on each list would be!
    MY you do have an interesting family! What a brain-teaser though!
    Best wishes to you all.

  9. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    if i had id twins i’d give them different haircuts…

  10. Profile photo of scp1957 scp1957 says:

    The best response to that is praise: "You’re a VERY clever little girl to notice that, without needing to be told. Most people still have a hard time telling us apart." Then, make the connection: "You love Grandma, don’t you? So do I. How about we both tell her that, together?"

  11. Profile photo of scp1957 scp1957 says:

    I know why. The powers of observation and concentration are vastly greater in almost all of us during our first two years of life. With very few exceptions, we will never again be the equals of our youngest selves.

  12. Profile photo of scp1957 scp1957 says:

    Please control your PC hair-trigger. Twin-hood is a perplexing curiosity to those who stand outside of it. Take it from someone who grew up with twin brothers and who has other twins in his family. It colors their lives, most especially during the years when they’re forming their personalities.

  13. Profile photo of scp1957 scp1957 says:

    My parents were born and raised 230 miles apart. Unbeknownst to them at the time that they set the date, his Grandfather and her Mom had both been born and raised in the vicinity of the same farming community, which was almost mid-way between them. My Mom had attended several family events in that area growing up. My Dad had spent two summers there working "like a mule" for little more than room and board.

    So, the time came to send out the invitations. Lists were made and exchanged, with the help of their folks. Surprise! Two married couples on each list were identical. What’s more, the story of each was a tale often told, for to each, it was then said, there is born one true love. The story? My Dad’s Uncles were identical twins. So were my Mom’s Aunts. Small world, no?

  14. Profile photo of Ahahaha Ahahaha says:

    Well, it took until the next-to-last paragraph, but there it is: judgment. Fortunately, it is not the author’s decision as to how these two families live their lives, and they seem more than happy with the current arrangement.

  15. Profile photo of Sue Sue says:

    Head is spinning from the confusion. 😛

  16. Profile photo of Anastacia113 Anastacia113 says:

    Wow, I bet Family Reunions are either confusing or a blast.

  17. Profile photo of aec121568 aec121568 says:

    Being an identical twin myself, the first thing to realize is that those closest to us can see the differences between my sister and I. Anyone in our family born after us have absolutely no issues knowing who is who, whereas those born before us have had issues at times–don’t know why. We don’t look exactly the same and we never really have–people who are very observant generally don’t have an issue. Those who aren’t, well we just deal with answering to both names and go on….

    I can’t imagine marrying identical twins, however.

  18. Im an identical twin, trust me there are too many stories. My sister did date another identical twin, I couldnt. Later in life, my son, one years old at the time mistook my sister as me. He was so upset he cried and ran to another room and stood in a corner. Im not sure if he was punishing himself or so shocked that she was not me. It was awhile before he got the hang of everything. Even her children had their moments of being confused too. Its fun being a twin!

  19. Profile photo of teresafwhite teresafwhite says:

    I have a friend who is a twin and she has quite a few stories. One was about babysitting
    sister’s grand-daughter who got mad at her when she realized that she was not her grandma, saying "you are NOT my grandma!".

  20. Profile photo of Christal Christal says:

    I knew two sets of twins who married each other. I played softball with their kids. The cousins looked so much like each other that they could be brothers and sisters.

  21. I think my head is spinning.

  22. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Mind. Blown. 🙂

  23. lmbo. that’s too weird.