Identical Twins Marry Identical Twins and it Doesn’t End There!
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
You 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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