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. LIZ says:

    i love this story 🙂

  2. Robyn says:

    I am an identical twin and I want to punch any parent that I come across that has their twins dressed identically. Twins are real people, we are not some cute dolls for you parents to make a spectacle out of. Yes, parents, you think you are so special because by the random luck of an egg splitting, you have produced identical twins. It is not some kind of testament to your awesomeness, so quit advertising it. Quit encouraging disabling codependency between your twins so that they are inadvertently alienated from their peers and have no other friends!

    You may think I am bitter from my own experience, but my parents were fabulous and allowed me and my sister to be ourselves, not half of a whole known as the “Twins”. Even with all they did, it was hard to be recognized as an individual and as an adult I’ve had childhood friends admit that they struggled to tell us apart and to remember who they had what conversations with. I’ve watched other twins though, grow into adulthood, unable to function as an individual because they never learned how to socialize with others. This is why twins marry other twins, because they are used to being part of a unit! Parents of identical twins – if your children were not twins, how would you feel about people never bothering to remember their names, or appreciating their distinct personalities? SO stop putting barriers up by making it even harder for your friends, family, teachers and peers with matchy matchy clothing, rhyming names and identical haircuts!

    • GrammaT says:

      No offense, but I feel sorry for your twin. This story is about 2 sets who are HAPPY with and about themselves. I’ve known 3 sets of identical twins in the 61 years I’ve been on this planet and not a single one of them resented their twin looking like them – all of them felt lonely when the other was away on a trip or vacation. 1 set of twins were raised NOT wearing identical outfits but later in life were both drawn to the same styles and colors and would often appear, unplanned, in almost identical outfits. You are entitled to your opinion about how identical twins should be raised but this is not really the right forum for that. These ADULTS could have stopped the “identical” dressing at any time after they began dressing themselves…they chose to do what they’ve been doing. Personally, I find it interesting that one married couple had another generation of identical twins. Good luck and good health to them all.

  3. her says:

    What I don’t understand is why the author had to put her $.02 in about how she would feel if she were in the families’ shoes. It’s not about her and has nothing to do with reporting on the story. If the article was on her blog, or about her own insecurities, then it makes sense, but no need to detract from a positive human interest story.

  4. Lindsey says:

    LOL, I like the comment about the reality tv show, I live about 1/4 mile from that twin convention in Twinsburg, so I love that story!

  5. cherieanna says:

    they sound like a reality show waiting to happen 🙂

  6. PaulaPC says:

    Any twins I know are so different that friends and family couldn’t mistake them for the other.

  7. That would be weird but cool….i dont think i could do that thou O.o

  8. Linda says:

    I have 38 yr. old identical twins, born two minutes apart, who live 2 mins. apart with non-twin husbands. They are very close and very identical and yet very different. One dated only blondes and the other dated only brunettes. They both worked in banking for many years and then one left and is working in day-care. Being identical, they almost always like the same thing – but not always. One likes mayo, one likes mustard. One lays on her back, the other her stomach. Unless you’re a twin or a parent of a twin you don’t "get it." "It" being the connection they have with each other. It’s all they’ve known, so its not weird to them. The old addage "Two’s company, three’s a crowd" is true. I’m always the third wheel – period. If I’m with just one of them, we’re fine – but if they’re both together with me – they ignore me. Not meaning to be rude – just because they love each other so much and enjoy each other’s company. Because they’re both SO busy with 3 kids each, they hardly ever see one another even tho they lived just 2 mins. apart. It’s run by, pick up a kid, drop a kid off, run to soccer, get the groceries, get to bed, etc. Some things that are alike: One got pregnant, the other got pregnant. One got a dog, the other got a dog, one got a cat, the other got a cat, one had a second baby, the other had a second baby, third baby came, third baby came. Same age, same time frame of life – baby stage. OOPS! One messed up – she had a boy – the other had 3 girls! So 5 girls and a boy. Differences; One like snakes and lizards, the other doesn’t. One likes black pepper, the other doesn’t. One dresses to the nines, the other is comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt. We had our identical twins (blondes), 4 mos. later the neighbor had brunettes and the redheads were around the corner – all the same age, all girls. The redheads hated each other, the brunettes couldn’t function without the other one around (couldnt’ sleep over unless the twin was there even tho they were in seperate classes at school.) Mine were in the same class (small Christian school and only 1 class for their age group.) I TAUGHT them how to prioritize their lives: #1: GOD FIRST, #2: Their spouse, #3: Their children, #4: Their twin, #5: Their parents & siblings. Because I taught them these things and they LEARNED them, they are balanced human beings. They aren’t "twin crazy" but they ARE twins and they have a unique connection between them that none of us singletons can understand. It’s not weird, it’s THEIR norm.

  9. denette87 says:

    That is a crazy story. I cant even imagine.

  10. MattProulx says:

    Being a twin was great growing up!! And even as an adult. Noone in the world will ever be on the same level as my twin brother, no other family members, wife, children…. You’d have to be one to understand.

  11. laschell13 says:

    I agree with the author, I would want something just mine; always sharing everything, not having my own identity would get old really fast.

  12. Brittany says:

    WOW! that’s mind blowing! They do make a cute family though

  13. EllaSilver says:

    @BrunoCruz… uh yeah. Technically you’re right. "Same" and "Exact same" are sort of redundant. However, in terms of humans, something can be casually said to be "the same" and not meaning "right down to their DNA same"

    I get what you’re saying.. it’s poor journalism for sure.

  14. 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.

  15. monette3 says:

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Grace says:

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

  23. 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?"

  24. 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.

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