36 responses to Quadruplets!
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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 06:27)

    There are twins on my dads side and my grandmothers brothers were twins..There are twins on both sides of my husbands family. We have a 4 year old boy and an almost 2 year old boy.. I always thought It would be neat to have twins.. I guess we have a good chance of that happening ):) My husband and I come from big families. 9 kids in mine and 8 in his.. People usually ask us if we are “done” I always tell them I have to have a little girl! Who knows we may end up with 2 at once!!But if its more boys ill the just as thrilled!! 🙂

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 07:05)

    About what percentage of the Amish subscribe/write in to the Diary?

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      Number of Diary subscribers and contributors

      It’s a good question Mark, really two or more questions. I’d say most Amish homes will subscribe to some sort of correspondence publication, whether it is the Diary, The Budget, Die Botschaft, or another. I can’t give you a specific % though for this specific publication. While the Budget for example has scribes from car churches in addition to Amish, the Diary is described as “of the Old Order Churches” which would limit it to horse-and-buggy people.

      In terms of contributors, there are literally hundreds of entries in the main “Community Notes” section in each issue.

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    Alecia Ernst
    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 07:10)

    My husband has an identical twin and my grandfather was a twin. Matter of fact today is my husband and his brother’s birthday.

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 07:54)

    My grandfather was a twin.

    When I taught 3rd grade several years ago, there was one year where we had 4 sets of twins in one class alone. That was very unusual for a small town, where there was only about 80-100 kids per grade level. The year they were all born, everyone was afraid to drink the water! 🙂

    Very interesting post, Erik! Thanks!

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 08:10)

    The dad’s first names are the same AND the four girls have the same names as the other four girls? That is remarkable.

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 08:43)

    I love names…what are the two sets of identical names?? 🙂

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 08:44)

    My mom has a twin brother and my husband’s dad has a twin sister. In fact my husband’s grandmother had 5 sets of twins, 1 set of triplets and 8 single births! Total of 21 children!

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      Comment on Quadruplets! (October 8th, 2012 at 06:22)

      Five sets of twins plus triplets…incredible. And 21 children, file that under “Those were different times” 🙂

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 09:03)

    My cousins are twins. As a kid, I always teased them for being short as everyone else in the family is on the tall side (including both their parents). I used to tell them they were short because they were really one person and they had to divide their height. I thought they were lucky though. I think being a twin would be fun!

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 09:10)

    Two of my cousins had twins – a set of two boys and a set of boy and girl. I’ve always thought twins were neat.

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 09:17)

    Quads! Oh my! Feeding time and diaper changing time will be a handful.

    We have twins in the family but that is way back. No twins since. I do have twin sister in laws, and there were several twins in that family line. Hoping the saying is true and if it skips a generation the next one will have twins. I would become a grandmother of twins! What fun.

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    Comment on TWINS (October 5th, 2012 at 09:57)


    My dear Mom had twin brothers. I lost twins they were boys
    and my older daughter also lost twins to early to tell
    whether boys are girls for her. We were both sad but guess
    God knew best. God bless Patti in VA

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Multiple musings.... (October 5th, 2012 at 10:17)

    Multiple musings....

    On my Dad’s side of the family, there were 2 sets of twins born–one set to his brother (2 boys) and later to his sister (2 boys, though one was stillborn).

    I don’t know how true it is, but like Lee Ann, I was always told twins skip a generation (which would mean my kids might be “doubly blessed.”) So far, I have only one grandchild, though I sure hope she’ll have a sibling (or two) in a couple of years!

    I laughed at Karen H.’s comment about the height (short) of her twin cousins! 🙂 I’ll have to remember that one!

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 11:12)

    My uncle and his wife raised four sets of twins in a family of 15 children. I think genetically twins usually skip a generation. I don’t know whether my aunt and uncle’s grandchildren are having twins or not.


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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 11:46)

    I have boy/girl twins and my girl twin has fraternal girl twins. Contrary to popular opinion, twins do not necessarily skip a generation.

    Joan in NY

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 13:03)

    I’m a singleton who loves twin stories but quadruplets—oh goodness, poor tired Mama.

    God bless that family.

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 13:17)

    Oh wow, I can’t imagine! I’ve always said that the most exciting thing about twins is the IDEA, and not the REALITY! I’d love to hear what their names are.

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      Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 19:14)

      Mary, if you’re wondering about the names of my cousins:

      Ella and Alva
      Mary and Melvin
      Mervin and Ervin
      Alta and Alma

      I also meant to mention that I knew someone in Wayne County who was my “twin” (born the same day and year, but in a different family). I looked her up once when I was a young mother. She had eight children in three years: first a set of triplets, and then quintuplets. I don’t remember their names.

      Oy! I cannot even imagine! I was afraid of having twins… any more than that sounds like torture by sleep deprivation.

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        Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 21:29)

        Saloma, Are quintuplets 5 babies!!? I can’t imagine! Were you raised in Wayne Co? I grew up there.

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          Comment on Quadruplets! (October 6th, 2012 at 12:18)

          Yes, Mary, quintuplets are five babies. The mother looked pretty worn out… when I visited them, the triplets were 8 and the quintuplets were 5.

          I grew up in Geauga County, north and east of Wayne County.


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            Comment on QUINTS ETC (October 6th, 2012 at 12:26)

            QUINTS ETC

            I think we would all be worn out with that many children at same time. I use to babysit twins and lol they wore me out and only had them few hours compared to day in and day out. Patti in VA

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        Comment on Quadruplets! (October 8th, 2012 at 06:25)

        For any who missed it we also had a post on a different sort of “twin” which is what Saloma is talking about here:


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    Marilyn from MI
    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 13:22)

    My mother was a twin, my husband has two sets of twin brothers and one of those twins has a set of twin boys, and one of his nephews (not a twin) has a set of twin girls. Our son has triplets, two girls and one boy.

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    Comment on A Handful (October 5th, 2012 at 14:45)

    A Handful

    No, I can honestly say I never wished for a twin when I was a kid.

    My sibling and I did everything together and we where one year and eleven or so months separated. We have cousins in British Columbia who are twins, and we knew twins who lived up the road from us growing up.

    As for the number of children I would like when I find a nice girl and get hitched I’d feel blessed with just one healthy kid. I heard a lady I know quip the other day “we’re going IVF” she and her husband.
    Another person questioned her “What’s that?”
    “Expensive.” She sharply replied and then noted the price.

    But on these new Amish kids, I hope TLC stays away from them and the family. God bless them.

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    Joanne C.
    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 5th, 2012 at 18:41)

    I am the mother of twin daughters and my third daughter, who was a singleton, is the mother of twins so they definately don’t skip a generation. Both my husband and I have twins in our background or so we’ve heard.

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    Comment on Only one set of twins ... (October 8th, 2012 at 03:34)

    Only one set of twins ...

    There is only one set of twins in my family. My niece, my brothers daughter, has twin girls who are seniors in high school this year. We know of no other twins in our family besides them and her husband said that he knows of no twins in his family either. There are probably some back there on one side or the other, but apparently it is way back there.

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    Comment on Born to Amos (October 8th, 2012 at 05:12)

    Born to Amos

    The wording of the birth announcement, or at least this entry suddenly struck me. It is curious to me that the mother’s name is nowhere to be seen in the quoted part of The Diary. I do understand that historically even “we English” would announce births similarly; “Warsaw and Boston Wesner entered the world on July 1, 2012 to Mrs. Erik Wesner” [I chose to use two city names because that seems to be a trend within the last 10-15 years among we English, though (perhaps for good reason) the name “Warsaw” hasn’t caught on for either a boy or a girl, and I chose to use Erik’s name because he hosts this blog and people who visit are periodically, once in a blue moon, fascinated by his love life].
    The proud mother isn’t named in the article. Is Amish life that patriarchal that men are still the ones to which births are credited, or is it just the conservatism of the parents at work, do you think? It just struck me as interesting.

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      Comment on Quadruplets! (October 8th, 2012 at 06:28)

      Shom it’s actually just typical for Amish to refer to families in this way, by the name of the husband. The Jake Hershbergers or the Amos Riehls for example.

      In the actual birth announcement section, mothers names are listed too.

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        Comment on Quadruplets! (October 8th, 2012 at 13:57)

        In fairness I didn’t see that. Thanks for the clarity.

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          Comment on Quadruplets! (October 8th, 2012 at 14:22)

          Sure thing Shom, it is a good question. And by the way I was not aware of the city-naming trend. I’d agree “Warsaw” might make an odd choice, even if you’re in Poland 🙂

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    Comment on a rare family (October 9th, 2012 at 09:47)

    a rare family

    My aunt in Missouri had a pair of twin girls. Near their 17th birthday, she had twins again (a boy and a girl). The surprise is she had no children between her two sets of twins.

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    Linda Northern Illinois
    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 9th, 2012 at 13:28)

    My Netherlands Grandmother and Grandfather had two sets of twins. Nine boys and one girl total.
    No twins that I know of on my Mother’s Mennonite heritage.
    Grandchildren had two sets of twins, however, they were lost in utero.
    They always say; God knows best.

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    Comment on Quadruplets! (October 11th, 2012 at 08:21)

    We have twins in every generation back to the mid1800s. Except for my kids’. We are waiting to see which cousin ends up with twins.

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    Comment on Multiple Births in my family too (October 13th, 2012 at 13:10)

    Multiple Births in my family too

    My great-grandmother had 16 kids. Five sets of twins, one set of triplets, and three singles. My brother and SIL have twins. My sister and I seem to have not inherited the “multiple-birth” gene.

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