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Three successive couples have twins in same Oklahoma City house

The last three families to live in one Oklahoma City house have moved into the house with twins, found out they were expecting twins while living there or found out and had twins born while living there.
by Bryan Painter Published: January 28, 2013

Jennifer said they had used in vitro fertilization, so the twins were not a surprise to her.

Jonathon Storment and Tina Sawtelle would be next.

They lived in the house for a period of time while married.

“We had met Jonathon in the political world, and then they bought our house,” Jennifer Gaines said.

“I am sure we joked with them about twins. But when we found out they were expecting, there was a lot of ‘Wouldn't it be cool if you had twins, too?'”

Jonathon and Tina found out Jan. 28, 2010, they were going to have twins.

“I always told my friends, ‘I'm going to have twins, a boy and a girl, then I'm done,'” Sawtelle said.

They moved to Texas in February.

Their daughter, Jemma Chelle, and son, Jaxon Cash, were born April 14, 2010.

When Jennifer Gaines learned Chelsea Smith was expecting twins, she offered to come over and help prepare.

Jennifer said, “It was fun getting to decorate the same nursery my kids had, for her kids.”

‘A lot of joy'

“Someone told us before we had them that having a child is a lot of joy, and they said, ‘Yours will be twice as much,'” Chelsea said.

However, they told her that if she never has any more children, she will only get to experience this once.

“I've thought about that almost every day, because it's true, we probably won't have more kids, because I'm scared of more twins,” Chelsea said.

“Not that it would be bad, but four kids is a lot. Two is no big deal. That's true. They really are a joy, and I am kind of sad that we only get to go through it one time.

“It's hard, some days, but totally worth it.”

Brady said it's fun with twins.

He also kind of likes the idea of going through it only once — the diapers, the getting up at night and so on.

Track record

Although the twin streak can be tied to three straight families to live in the home, Chelsea said there may have been more. She had a friend who thought she grew up playing in that house with a girl who had siblings, including twins.

The Smiths, who are both attorneys, were asked if they would disclose the unusual track record of twins if or when they sold the house.

“I would absolutely disclose it,” Chelsea said.

And Brady said, “Maybe we could sell it to someone looking for twins.”

However, there are those who are not looking to be parents of twins. Patrick Gaines knows some of those individuals.

“I have buddies that won't even drive down that block anymore,” Gaines said.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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