99 years later, East Texas family welcomes"Joy" and "Grace"

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Their names couldn't fit them more perfectly. Mackenzie Grace and Maegan Joy are the first girls born in the Griffin family since 1911, and dad and mom couldn't be prouder.

"You're going to make me cry," said Jodi Griffin, the proud mother. "Just the excitement and they're just a blessing. Mackenzie was [born] at 8:32 this morning and Maegan came at 8:35am."

"It took me about 25 to 30 minutes to convince my mom we were having twins," said John Griffin, the new dad.

"We thought we were all doomed to boys and here we got two at one time for girls," said grandfather, Jim Griffin. "My youngest aunt was born in 1911, Rayba, and that's the last girl named Griffin born in our family until these two."

For the Griffin family, the 10 week sonogram revealed a double surprise.

"My husband looked at it and he said, "Now, that looks like two," and the lady said, "That's because there are two,'" said Jodi Griffin. "So, right off the bat you could see two little eggs. And then, for it to be two and girls. It's just a blessing and it's meant to be."

"At that point we just knew it was two and then we found out it was girls and we said, 'Are you sure?'" laughed Jim Griffin.

Now, with two twin girls out of the way you would think they'd have more.

"No more!" exclaimed the new dad.

"We'll see!" said the mom. "Dad's done. We'll see! If I had two more at a time it would be an adventure for sure."

A double adventure in the making for almost a century. The Griffin twin girls already have nick names. They're parents call them M&M. One "M" for Maegan and the other for Mackenzie, of course. They have a big brother, Andrew, whose three. And, of course, the "&" between M&M is for him.

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