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Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #5



You have arrived at Stop #5 in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt.

WHERE: The hunt begins with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren's site.

WHEN: Thursday 3/14 at noon, mountain time and ends on Sunday 3/17 at midnight.

HOW: Collect clues (in RED) at each stop. Write them down as you go. Submit your entry at Stop #27 (back on Lisa Bergren’s site).

WHAT: Over $1500 in book prizes and more!

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My Special Scavenger Hunt Guest: Beth Vogt

Award-winning author Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Having authored nine contemporary romance novels and novellas, Beth's first women's fiction novel with Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, released May 2018, and book two in the Thatcher Sister Series, Moments We Forget, releases May 2019. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, who has adjusted to talking about imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who plays volleyball and has a keen eye for catching typos in her mom’s manuscripts.

Here's a little bit more about Moments We Forget: Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. Can Jillian count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place—or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister?

Moments We Forget is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Christianbook.com


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Are We More Than Our Birth Orders in Our Family?

By Beth K. Vogt

Birth Order.

Two Words

Three Syllables.

And a powerful influence.

Birth order refers to the order we were born into our family. Are we the first-born? The baby? Or maybe we’re an only child. A simple enough definition, yes? Even so, many psychologists believe our birth order has a profound effect on our personalities.

But are we forever-and-ever-amen put in our place because we were born first, second, or seventh in or family? What if we don’t have siblings? Or when birth order is mixed up because we’re a twin or there are a lot of years in between us and our siblings?


Jillian Thatcher, the main character in Moments We Forget, my upcoming May release, hopes to break free from birth order.

Jillian’s the middle sister, stuck between Johanna, the oldest Thatcher sister, and Payton and Pepper, her younger identical twin sisters. And yes, Jillian’s the one who keeps the peace in a family fraught with tension.

There’s no denying birth order affects us. We live out our birth order within the context of family. And the dynamics of birth order happens during our formative, growing up years.

But as we grow up, we may want to move past our position in our family. However, there are two barriers to breaking free of birth order: our family and ourselves. Like it or not, we get used to the assigned family roles of “controlling” older sister or “outgoing, irresponsible” lastborn.

Breaking free of birth order requires intentionality. We need to realize we are more than our birthdate – that our life experiences and personal choices shape us too. We have to choose to expand how we define ourselves … as well as how we view the other people in our family.


Connect more with Beth on Facebook and her Website.

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NEXT STOP IN THE HUNT: Stop #6 is Beth’s blog!

CLUE: scavenger

BEFORE YOU GO: Please Enter the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win my upcoming release, A Reluctant Bride (Sorry, USA mailing addresses only).

LEAVE A COMMENT: What is YOUR birth order? And how has it shaped YOU?


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348 comments:

  1. Hi Jody,
    I am the youngest in my family. My brother is two years older than I, and I have twin brothers that died at birth before my brother. Although I am very fortunate to have been raised by a mother and father that nurtured both and brother and I in an equally loving environment, my brother had more freedom than I. It wasn't until I was grown that I understood the reason in the freedom I was given was due to precautions for my safety.

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  3. My birth order with my siblings has helped shape me into a girl who wants to help other people.

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  4. I suppose my birth order probably made me more responsible.

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  5. I am the oldest of three girls. It certainly made me a caregiver. I really look forward to reading A Reluctant Bride.

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  6. I am the oldest of four, and I am the organizer of the bunch! Looking forward to reading A Reluctant Bride - thank you for doing this!

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  7. I am in the middle with my twin. I am the guardian in my family. I want to make sure everything is okay with everyone. For me it is all about control but I am learning I am only in control of some things. The rest is up to God.

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  8. I am the oldest of six kids... all within 8 years. My brothers said I had lots of responsibility given me... and no authority!

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  9. First born. I understand why I take on so much.

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  10. I am the youngest of five. They would say I was spoiled - I'm just glad I have two older sisters and two brothers :)

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  11. I am the second of four kids, but the middle of three sisters. We certainly all have distinct personalities, but I don't really know if they correspond to traditional birth order thought.

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  12. I am the oldest in the family of three . There was another brother before me but he passed on after being born. I feel that I have more responsibility

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  13. I am the second born out of seven. The other six were all boys! All seven of us had different personalities. My oldest brother sure didn't go with the first born traits. I don't think I did either as second born and the only girl. My others brothers I don't know although, the last two were pretty spoiled since they came later.

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  14. I am an only child who always wanted a bigger family. Your book sounds very interesting I have read the first in the orphan train series and really liked it, plan to continue the series in time.

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  15. I'm the oldest....I think it has made me feel more responsibility and the feeling I need to set the right example
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  16. I'm the oldest. My sister would say that it makes be bossy. But I also see that it has helped shaped me to be a good leader.

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  17. I am the eldest of three girls and was always the leader and held accountable for my sister's actions. No surprise,I became an RN!!!

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  18. I'm the youngest of three. Being the baby of the family has been difficult at time as it's made me work harder to grow up. It has also made me notice how other families treat their youngest child. :)

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  19. I'm the oldest and I tend to be "bossy" because I was expected to oversee my siblings while my mom slept (she worked nights).

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  20. I'm the youngest of 2. I had a big brother to play with and to torment me.

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  21. I'm the little sister and I have learned what not to do because of my older brother. :)

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  22. i was the baby ... i hate being called the baby ... i completely am drawing a blank on what a FB person .. author it was .. that gave a great name for it instead of baby ... i know a lot of folks go on and on about it ... i would think my brother probably thought i was able to get most things .. i know i got my brother in trouble some of the time ...but i did confess to that when i was in my late 20s ... so it was something i felt i needed to say ... said it and made me feel better. never know my bro to do something like that before??! i tend to hang out with older people. rarely find folks my age who are similar to me or very alike? married an older man .. i have been told i have an older soul ...what that means i have no clue ...but i think i get along with most folks. ( ;

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  23. i am the oldest, and i tend to be the leader and i like things to get done right.

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  24. Hi Jody!
    I´m the eldest of 5 siblings and it definitely has impacted me. I´ve always felt especially responsible of my brother´s and sister, of their well being, of advising them, of supporting them. And I feel they look up to me, so I have to be a good example for them. I love my siblings! But I also suffer at times because of this responsability! I still love being the older sister!
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  25. I am the middle of 5 but I act more like a first born :)

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  26. I am the oldest of 4. I tend to take charge in a lot of circumstances. My husband is also the oldest but we are very different in our first-born personalities.

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  27. I am the oldest of 2 sisters. I may be more responsible because of my birth order.

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  28. I am the eldest of two. My brother is four years younger. Lots of responsibility comes with being first born.

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  29. I was first born with one sibling. I naturally looked out for my brother and I tend to be very sensitive to what others are going through as a result. I stand up for others much more than for myself. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  30. I'm a first born and I think most of the attributes of first borns fit me!

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  31. I am the third of four girls, so I could be considered a middle child. My second sister was way more outgoing than my oldest sister, so tended to lead more.

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  32. I am the oldest of three, and it definitely shows! I have always been the most responsible and the one taking care of everyone else. But I wouldn’t change it for the world!

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  33. I am the baby in my family and out of all of them I'm the quietest.

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  34. I am the "controlling older sister" with three siblings. I had a major illness in my family and it broke me. My personality went through a complete makeover (for the better I hope).

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  35. I'm the oldest... and my sister is 9 years younger.
    We joke that I'm kind of the "experiment", the one our parents were more severe with their expectation, and with my sister they have learned to losen up.

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  36. I am the youngest of 2. My older brother has always been more confident than me. I have never been entirely sure of myself.

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  37. I am the baby of the family. I wish my parent's had spanked me more growing up. God's spankings are much much worse. lol. I was able to get my brother into trouble my just crying. quite the little manipulater...God has changed me though. thank goodness.

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  38. I am the oldest sister of 9. I am 16 and love my siblings with all my heart. Sisterhood is the best, hardest job ever! I have grown in ways I never would have without them.

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  39. This was really interesting to read about. I'm the second of five, and I honestly feel like I'm the one who keeps the peace and keeps everyone together.

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  40. I'm the oldest and have always been the responsible one.

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  41. I am the oldest of 4 and as a result tend to feel responsible for everyone in the group and have no trouble taking charge.

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  42. I am the oldest child in my family and I definitely still look after everyone, even though most of my siblings are adults! I have a very mothering personality, which I do feel was helped along by being the oldest.

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  43. I am the youngest. I think it made me competetive in academics and many things I do. My parents were teachers and I wanted to prove that I could excel.

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  44. Due to a blended family, I am on one hand an only child and on the other hand an oldest. I do fit the typical bossy oldest child mold.

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  45. I am the oldest of only two, and my brother is 5 years younger than I am.

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  46. I am the oldest and it definitely shaped me for better or worse! I am 13 years older than my youngest sibling and that helped me greatly when I became a young mother. :-)

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  47. I am the oldest and I was definitely labeled as the "bossy older sister," a title I hate. I have been very intentional about being amiable, especially in groups and with my siblings, because I don't want to be bossy. I still have opinions and will voice them if I feel like it's a moral issue, but if it is an issue of preference, I will often go with the flow. Ironically, I'm actually very indecisive and often rely on my second sibling to provide direction.

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  48. I’m the oldest and I’ve taken charge for most of my life. Not sure how this birth order thing is working for my four children..

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  49. I am the youngest of three daughters (no sons); however, there are five years between my next older sister and me and seven between the oldest daughter and me. So, in some ways, I'm like a first child. When the three of us lived at home, I'm sure I acted like the youngest. When my two older sisters left home and I was still at home, I demonstrated independence and responsibility.

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  50. I shared about the scavenger hunt on my Facebook page. I love these scavenger hunts!

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  51. I'm an only child, so there was no birth order!

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  52. I'm the second of nine siblings. I've always been relatively quiet and easy-going. It's a good thing, I guess, because I never got much attention! :-D

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  53. Physically, I am the youngest of six, and in some ways, I do probably act like the baby of the family. However, I mostly act like a middle child, and I have a feeling that it's because my youngest older sibling is an only child (to a T). All of us are about two years apart, and there are no twins or anything to mess things up, so who knows what our problem is. ;)

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  54. I'm the oldest of three and I've always been the responsible, mature one. Sure, I've made my share of mistakes over the years :-) I've secretly wanted to be rebellious but it just doesn't feel right...lol!

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  55. Middle of family of fourteen so I learned to be helpful.

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  56. Danielle WaltherMarch 14, 2019 6:14 PM

    Hi Jody, I am the oldest in my family of 4 girls. And I love being the oldest!! I feel like I can boss my younger sisters around and also I can get away more than they can.

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  57. I'm the oldest of two girls. I feel like a lot of times higher expectations are there for first born kids that wane with siblings. I've always been the more responsible of the two of us but she definitely has a stronger, more dominant personality.

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  58. I'm the middle of 3. I'm also the first girl, so I'm used to being the peacemaker and the responsible one.

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  59. I'm number five of eleven and I think that I got lost in the middle of the family.

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  60. I'm the second of six. I've been the youngest child, then middle, and lastly one of the "elite" oldest in the family (one of the "lucky" ones because the oldest always get to do stuff first). I think it's helped me see all perspectives.

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  61. I was the baby of the family for 6 years before my little sister was born. So I am #4 of 5 girls. I do know that I was very jealous that my little sister came along but I got over that and when I was younger I was a tom boy, I was my dad's shadow. :)

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  62. I was the middle child and the only girl. I don't know that either made me who I am today. My mom was a single mom and I ended up being a single mom, too. That may have been what made me who I am now.

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  63. I’m the youngest of four, but I think the severe trials I have endured have shaped me more than my birth order.

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  64. I was the middle child . I've always been the responsible, mature one.Thank you for the extra giveaway!

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  65. I have a blended family (if that’s what you call it). I am an only child on my Mom’s side and second oldest on my Dad’s side. I’m not really sure how that impacted me. I see that my Mom has gotten less mellow with age and my Dad has gotten more mellow with age. I think I’m more of a middle child. I thoroughly enjoyed your orphan train series.
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  66. I am the second child out of 4 and I experience the middle child syndrome. But the older that I get the further away I get from it.

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  67. I'm the youngest, so I suppose I was a bit spoiled. I can see how birth order can affect us though.

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  68. I am the middle child with 2 older brothers and 2 younger brothers. The only girl. They say I was spoiled but I say no!!HaHa. I always wanted a sister. Boys can be rough on you.

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  69. I am the oldest. My sister says I'm bossy, but I like to see it as leadership! :-)

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  70. I am by birth the first born and with adoption, the middle child. And I have definite traits of both. Big time.

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  71. I am a first-born girl and second born child. It has shaped me into a leader and care-taker

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  72. Second and youngest! I'm not sure how it has shaped me!

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  73. Thanks so much for this giveaway!

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  74. I am the baby of the family. My siblings were much older than me so I am not really sure how it shaped me.

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  75. I’m the oldest of 3, but the only girl. I’m not sure which one shaped me more.i think being the oldest did make me a leader.

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  76. I’m the youngest in my family. I definitely have had more freedom than either of my siblings had since my parents went through both of them before me, and learned what boundaries were best to be set. However, this also means that my parents were much more strict about certain things based on experiences they had with my siblings. I also believe that I matured faster than either my sister or brother since I had them to look up to, and I saw how they interacted with people and situations. (But if you asked them, they would definitely NOT call me mature 😉) Altogether, I think being the youngest is the best.

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  77. I am the middle but in many ways have felt like the oldest. My older brother has Asperger's Syndrome so in a lot of ways I grew up and matured faster.

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  78. I am the youngest of 2. I'm not sure how it's shaped me. I'm not sure that it has shaped me differently than it would have had I been the oldest. My parents worked very hard to treat my sister and I the same, since we are close in age.

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  79. oldest of 5 and oldest cousin of 100

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  80. I am the oldest in my family, and it has shown in the way I look out for others. But my family acknowledges that my second oldest sister is more controlling than I am, so I think that I got a pretty good deal, lol

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  81. My birth order has made me the youngest of two children by 7 years, this has allowed me to have a great relationship with my older brother but also to mature early and be very independent

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  82. I'm the baby of the family. Love the spoiling I got.

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  83. I'm a second born (or middle child), but when my older sister moved out I slipped into more of a firstborn role. I shouldered more responsibilities, and have more of an authoritarian role with my siblings ;)

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  84. I am the eldest of four. My baby brother was born just after my ninth birthday. So I was the one who did things first. I got a job housecleaning for a neighbor lady when I was 10. I babysat my brother, too. I think more was expected of me. My sisters and I got along well, but we are if different generations even though the next one is only 13 months younger. I think our spiritual differences have a lot to do with it.
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  85. Last of three. I'm the kid that has born the worst of everything and still get treated like a child at almost 25 years old. I don't talk to my sister, and I have an iffy relationship with my brother.

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  86. I am the oldest child. I think this made me feel more protective of those younger than me.
    But at the same time I was the middle grandchild (on one side of the family) and it made me understand my mom more (she's a middle child).

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  88. I'm the middle child, but also only girl, so I have some first-born and middle child traits. But I'm definitely a mediator--I hate arguments and fighting.

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  89. I'm the youngest. I'm the caretaker and negotiator, always trying to find ways to keep everyone else civil and cared for - even at my own expense.

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  90. I thought I was the first born. I have a younger brother. I always wanted an older brother. I did find out @ age 35 that I had an older half brother. Sadly, he died within 5 years of meeting him so I did not get to know him well.

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  91. I'm second of six, but the oldest daughter. I think it helped me have a strong sense of responsibility.

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  92. I am the youngest of 7 (6 girls and 1 boy)

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  93. I am technically the youngest, but I am a twin. I agree that that (twins) can skew the normal roles. Our older brother is definitely the first born style, but I think my twin brother and I go back and forth on middle or youngest roles.

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  94. I'm the youngest. My sister was 10 years older and my brother 8. It was almost like being an only child!

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  95. I am youngest. I am thankful to babe older siblings to learn from.

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  96. I'm a middle child, and I always felt like I was in the thick of the action! haha That whole stereotype about the middle child feeling neglected is totally untrue for me! ;-)

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  99. I am the first of three girls and it has taught be to be patient and kind.

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  100. I'm the oldest, and it has helped me to become more responsible and a more natural parent.

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  101. As the oldest, I think this has helped me be more of a confident person, who enjoys helping others.

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  102. I'm the oldest in my family! I never was very controlling, but I was more the perfectionist type! I always was trying to be the best at everything and enjoyed being the 'example' for a while. However, it's also a problem now in that sometimes it takes me FOREVER to complete a task because it has to be done just right...I'm slowly breaking out of this though!

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  103. I am technically 2nd born, but my older sister died at 9 days old. So I grew up as 1st born. I fit the perfect first born stereotype.

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  104. Pinned your book. Looks super interesting!

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  105. i am the baby of the group lol....but i dont see how birth order has made any difference in my life.

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  106. I'm the second of four girls. My next youngest sister had a lot of ear infections as a baby and toddler and was very loud, so my mom said I became quiet and introverted. I've overcome it in my adult years, now I consider myself an extroverted introvert ;)

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  107. ImI'the youngest of three sisters so I adore this series! 💕
    Growing up my siblings would say I was the most wreckless and spoiled and perhaps I was 😉 .As a mother of two now I have tamed my ways but in many ways before getting married I was the more independent one and always a go getter, which can be good when you dredr big 😉.

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  108. I am the middle child, and only girl. My older brother is 2 1/2 years older than me and my younger brother is 9 years younger! He was only 8 years old when I got married, so he sort of grew up as an only child. I'm not sure how the birth order dynamics worked in our family growing up since there was such a gap between us, but I think I am closer to my younger brother now as adults.

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  109. I am the youngest of two, but many years separate my sibling and I. I have traits of both an only child and a youngest child

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  110. I'm the youngest of two and I think it made me want to please.

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  111. I am the oldest, I was the leader, I guess it's why I chose to be an educator.

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  112. I am the baby of the family. My sister just older than me was always the major crier of the family. My mom would say, Ashley is the youngest but Jenna is the baby. Ha ha! I feel like it was a huge blessing to have three older siblings to help shape me. I loved it!

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  113. I am the third out of four kids. My siblings are very spread out in age except for me and my sister but feel very much of the middle child. My older brother is 8 years older than my sister, there is about 20 months between my sister and I, and than 6 years between myself and my younger brother. My personality and birth order has definitely shaped me and many things are true about being a middle child.

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  114. I am the oldest. It helped me to learn patience as well as how to put others before myself. My sister and I still have a good relationship, and I think that the obstacles we faced together helped in that as well.

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  115. I am the oldest of 4! It’s hard at times but I love my siblings

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  116. I am the oldest in my family. I have three younger siblings. I believe being older has made me a bit bossy. Always with good intentions, but I definitely see the tendency to be “in charge.”

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  117. Hi, I am 2nd to youngest of 7 children. I find that where I am in the family is so perfect. I always have a friend (siblings) and get the spoiling of being one of the youngest!

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  118. I am the oldest of three sisters. I've always been fascinated by birth order. When I was younger, I believed the characteristics of an oldest child applied more to me. But as I've gotten older, I've realized I don't necessarily fit that mold. As a matter of fact, my youngest sister acts more like an oldest child. I think that sometimes these things shape us, because we believe they do. But if we take time to ask God about our true identity, we can be more than our birth order.

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  119. I'm the middle child of seven, but when my parents divorced, my oldest two siblings moved in with my dad, while the remaining five stayed with my mom. The oldest of my siblings who still lived with my mom was sick, so in a lot of ways, it was like I became the oldest child at age 10. Both of those things have shaped me and I am pretty independent and definitely bossy, among other things.

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  120. I am the youngest in my family and I had more freedom than my older two brothers.

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  122. I am the oldest and definitely the peacemaker type. I'm always trying to solve all the problems in the family. I'm sure God knew what He was doing making me oldest, but that does make for control issues! :)

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  123. Elizabeth LittonMarch 15, 2019 11:30 AM

    My birth order is a little complicated, since I'm the middle of seven and the youngest of two girls. The brother right above me is almost 4 years older and the brother right below me is 16 months younger. I'm a lot like Jillian, because I don't like tension in my family at all. So I think I fall into the stereotypical middle-born role, but I've also had to learn how to be a leader like my first-born sister.

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  124. I'm the second of 2 and, other than being the caretaker for the family, I don't really know what affect birth order has had on me. I've never given it any thought!

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  125. My husband and I are both oldest. We laugh about "straightening pictures," etc. and call it being "oldest child." I think I grew up in a more "adult" centered world, considered my parents and other adults opinions more than peers. Feel more responsible maybe.

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  126. I am the oldest child which has definitely impacted my relationships as I am definitely a peacemaker, I hate conflict and always try to make sure everyone gets along!

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  128. I’m the oldest of three. I’m a little more responsible and thrifty than my siblings for sure.

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  129. My husband and I are both the oldest in our family - and also the oldest grandchild in respective families. I think that has given us each a greater bond with extended family. The youngest child in a family may not have the privilege of knowing grandparents as long or be as influenced by them.

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  130. Hi Jody! I am the oldest of 2. I have a younger brother. I find that I am more a stick to the rules type and not a huge risk-taker haha.

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  131. I am the oldest of three, with two younger brothers. Being oldest made me feel responsible for my brothers and later, my parents.

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  132. I am the oldest of 5 girls. I think being the oldest has helped me to be more caring toward others because I have lots of experience with being caring towards my siblings.

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  133. I am a first-born. It's just me and my brother. However, I did notice that our parents expected more from me and he always got away with more. As a parent now, I've tried not to pigeon-hole my children into their birth-order but it does happen more often than I'd like to admit.

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  134. I'm the oldest and very much a perfectionist and always feel responsible for everyone.

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  135. I am the oldest. I try to be the one you look up to. I take care of everyone. I am the high achiever.

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  136. I am the baby in the family yes I was spoiled but that is o.k. thank you for the hunt!

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  137. I'm an only child mom wasnt supposed to have kids. but 4th out of 5 grandchildren to dad's side of family.

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  138. I'm the third oldest, but the oldest girl. If I were a boy it probably wouldn't have shaped me much, but as a girl I have different family roles than my brothers and a lot of responsibility put on me for that. I have a great relationship with my oldest brother though because we share a lot of the same responsibility issues. I feel like the oldest most of the time anyways. xD

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  139. I am the second born of five. I am not sure how it has shaped me. Thank you for this opportunity :)

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  140. I'm an only. Not sure how that affected me in the long run.

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  141. I'm the third of eight and definitely helped shape who I am today. As I was one of the older ones and had a lot of responsibility to my younger siblings I definitely matured a lot faster than my friends.

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  142. I'm the middle of 5, but also the first of the second family. So I feel like I have a complicated role in my family. I do think birth orders shape us, mostly because I think parent styles change with each new child. :)

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  143. I am the oldest of 2. My younger brother and I are vastly different. My brother would say I got everything and he got nothing. I've never considered if me being the oldest has shaped who I am today.

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  144. I'm second of 4. I should have a a youngest child's birth order complex as my brother is 5.5 years younger than me, but I am definitely the "needing to make myself seen" middle child.

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  145. I’m the baby of 5 kids and it definitely makes me the “spoiled” one. I married the oldest of 8 so it’s funny to see the dynamics of the different families with me being the youngest and my husband the oldest.

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  146. I am the first born and I do seem to be the more ambitious and perfectionist type out of my siblings. However, even funnier is that I was premature and I tend to be early for EVERYTHING even now. lol

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  147. Middle child of three :) my sister and I are pretty textbook. Conflict makes me so uncomfortable and always felt overlooked.

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  148. I am the second oldest, and the oldest girl in the family. I'd say it puts some pressure on me (I'm still living at home) & sometimes I feel lonely in my place in the order, but I do love being a big sister to so many. I have seven younger siblings. :)

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  149. I am first born and am very responsible and dependable. I have also been the “good “ child and did what my parents wanted. I am very secure in the Lord and content.

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  150. I am the oldest. I don't really feel that this held me back nor that it gave me a sense of superiority. It just was how we were born, but all three of us have our different roles and we all turned out to have very strong personalities! LOL

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  151. I am the oldest, and have a brother that is about 2.5years younger. I have definitely felt like i have to be responsible, organized and that i have to have my life figured out. This is true even as adults. I think part is because i am the oldest, but i think it is also because i am female. Especially now that I am married with kids, and my brother is not.

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  152. I am the youngest of 7 children. My older siblings were the ones to raise me for the most part since my parents were too busy with the overwhelming list of farm chores and fields that needed their attention. I grew up relying too heavily on the opinion of my oldest sister who was basically my guardian. Only when I had a personal relationship with Jesus did I realize that I should be relying on His opinion of me rather than my sister’s.

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  154. I'm the oldest, I feel like it has made me the most responsible, but also has made me want to be able to control things more than I can.

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  155. I am the "First Born" in my family and find I want to fix everything and everyone. That may just be my personality. I certainly believe that because of Jesus and His life I can be set free from any preconceived ideas and be I truly am with Him as my guide! I hae loved the books I have read of yours and completed the Orphan Train Series. I will certainly keep reading your books!

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  156. I am the oldest and am a leader and very responsible!

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  157. I am the oldest girl of 3 girls! I was always expected to behave and be an example to my sisters. I always felt a little rebellious of these expectations when I was living at home, but I see now that my sisters did (and do) look up to me and ask for advice & counsel, although they don't always follow it. Karen Rhoades

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  158. I'm the oldest, and have always been very responsible, and detail-oriented.

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  159. In the youngest of four. But I would have had a brother 2 years younger than me if he hadn't died at birth. I think that made me a little different in some ways, not quite the baby but still the last.

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  160. I'm the oldest in my family. I think it's made me into the hard worker that I am, I don't like to settle for any thing less than my best.

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  161. I'm the oldest. As the oldest, I'm detail-orientated and responsible.

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  162. I'm the middle child of 3 and being a girl sandwiched between 2 brothers.. I never thought of birth order or what influence it had on me.

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  163. I'm the oldest of 6-one sister two years younger & 4 brothers 9-16 yrs. younger. I'm not sure that birth order shaped me. I do think that the absence of my father for the first year of my life (WWII) did, though.

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  164. I'm the first born. I think it made me more mature as a youngster.

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  165. I'm the youngest, I have a sister who is 4 years older than me. I love being the baby of the family. Thanks for your generosity, I shared on Facebook.

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  166. I was the oldest. I was labeled the smart one, and my sister was considered the cute one. Needless to say, I didn't appreciate that when I was younger.

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  167. I'm the oldest. I'm definitely the more mature, take charge (bossy) one of the three.

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  168. I'm in the middle. It possibly caused me to be slightly more crazy, trying to get attention :)

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  169. I'm the only child, and I feel it's made me more independent.

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  170. I'm the oldest. I think I'm a lot like the previous comment from Maddie Morrow, take charge, (sometimes bossy), take on take that could be shared with siblings if I'd only ask.

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  171. I'm the youngest of three, with my sister as the oldest and my brother in the middle. But everyone says that we got our birth order mixed up, because my sister is the wild one and I am the responsible one. 😊

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  172. I'm #4 of 5. I guess I felt insignificant and tried to overachieve to compensate.

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  173. I'm the oldest of three. But as adults, we shared the responsibility of caring for our parents. When I moved out of state, my baby sis took over everything.

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  174. I am a first born and ALL that comes with that.....

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  175. I'm the baby, but I'm the baby by so many years that I grew up as an only child and exhibit far more of those tendencies than I do last-born.

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  176. the oldest. definitely had all the pressure and expectations that goes with that...and responsibility. ;)

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  177. Well, mine is slightly complicated as I am a twin...firstborn, but part of a duo. I was definitely the stronger of the 2 of us growing up, so I guess that fits the firstborn. I felt like I needed to look out for her and take care of her--but I feel like we have both grown out of that aspect. We will always have the uniqueness of being twins though.

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  178. I am the first born and now only child since my younger sister is with the Lord. It has taught me to be strong.
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  179. My birth order started out as the younger daughter, then it changed to the middle child when my brother came along 11 years later, then to top that off after I was out on my own, my mother and step-father adopted another boy when I was in my early 20's making me the second oldest of four. Talk about a scrambled birth order, I've never fit any of the so called normal traits of any birth order position I held.

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  180. My birth order started out as the younger daughter, then it changed to the middle child when my brother came along 11 years later, then to top that off after I was out on my own, my mother and step-father adopted another boy when I was in my early 20's making me the second oldest of four. Talk about a scrambled birth order, I've never fit any of the so called normal traits of any birth order position I held.

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  181. My birth order started out as the younger daughter, then it changed to the middle child when my brother came along 11 years later, then to top that off after I was out on my own, my mother and step-father adopted another boy when I was in my early 20's making me the second oldest of four. Talk about a scrambled birth order, I've never fit any of the so called normal traits of any birth order position I held.

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  182. I'm second youngest of 7 kids. While I think being in the youngest half plays a role, just as important is the fact that I have a brother older and a sister younger.

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