TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – This could be one for the record books. One Texarkana family says they have welcomed their third baby with the same birthday.
“We were able to kind of wait a little bit long enough to wait for the kids to get up. To be able to say ‘Happy Birthday here’s some doughnuts. We’re leaving’,” said the children’s father, Jonathan Hornok.
Not only does their family get bigger every three years, but something else special happens. Three of their four kids are born on the same day in June, three years apart. The Hornoks have declined to reveal the exact birth date for privacy and security reasons, but the most recent addition to the family arrived last week.
“Mariah and I spent the day in the hospital waiting for Hellen to come. And you know had to watch them open presents over FaceTime,” said Jonathan.
Jonathan Hornok, a federal prosecutor, and his wife, former prosecutor Mariah Hornock, recently welcomed baby Hellen into their family just hours after celebrating the birthdays of their two youngest children.
“I thought it would be better to share than to have one that got the birthday first. Then one that had to wait a whole day until they had their birthday,” said Mariah.
When asked how it feels to have siblings with the same birthday, middle daughter Miriam said, “It feels good … it feels really fun.”
The Hornoks say the births of their children were not planned, but they’re grateful for the unique blessings.
“People want to know what was nine months beforehand, I mean we don’t – September,” Mariah said, laughing.
And the birthday isn’t just shared among the children. Their grandmother and a great aunt were also born on the same date.
“I mean I can’t think of a better gift. To have grandchildren born on your birthday. I mean that’s pretty amazing,” said grandmother, Vicki Hornock.
So far, the family says everyone loves it. They say it’s like Christmas in June. It’s a big celebration the Hornoks look forward to every year.
“You know – it’s nice to have a birthday that – that is all your own. But it’s also nice to have a day of the year that’s just really special for our family,” said Jonathan.