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Family Times

July 23, 2012

Big Changes

Myers family adjusting to addition of adopted daughters

FAIRMONT — Exciting, energetic and musical are three words that describe the Myers household.

After seven years of marriage, Chris and Shelley Myers, who have no children of their own, adopted two girls, ages 2 and 3, at the beginning of June. The girls just happen to be sisters.

(The family has asked that pictures and the names of their daughters not be used because of past situations.)

“She’s a very energetic 3-year-old,” Chris said, laughing while his daughter talked in the background. “And she’s a very energetic 2-year-old.”

Chris and Shelley met through a mutual friend who went to college with Chris and high school with Shelley. Chris is originally from Weirton while Shelley is from Sissonville, and they now live in Fairmont.

Chris works from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m as a project manager at ADI in Morgantown.

“I get up around 5:30 a.m. to get ready for work,” Chris said. “I get to spend time with them in the evenings after work.”

After dinner, Chris enjoys spending time with his daughters before the girls head to bed for the night.

“I’ll read them a story,” Chris said. “Or we’ll watch a show they like. Then it’s time for bed.”

As for Shelley, she said it was a hard transition going from working every day as a second-grade teacher to being a stay-at-home mother, but she enjoys the time she gets to spend with her two new daughters.

“It’s something I’ve always dreamed I would do,” Shelley said. “I was excited. I’m getting more and more used to it. I like the idea of being home with my girls.”

Chris doesn’t get to spend too much time with his daughters during the week, but on the weekends the family enjoys spending as much time together as possible. Sometimes they go swimming or to a park. Other weekends they visit relatives.

The Myers are also involved in their church, the First Church of the Nazarene in Fairmont.

Shelley enjoys spending every day with her girls. She tries to work out every morning while the girls spend some sisterly bonding time playing with their toys. Depending on the day, the two will play outside, nap, read books or sing, which is their favorite activity.

“Any time she’s doing anything, she’s humming or singing,” Shelley said about her 3-year-old. “I’ll go to wake her up and I can hear her singing.”

Chris says that his 3-year-old can listen to a song once or twice and pick up most of the words. Then she will sing that song until she hears another. She’ll also pick up songs from the television show “Dora the Explorer.”

“She’s very intelligent,” Chris said. “She loves music and loves books. Her favorite song is ‘Jesus Loves Me.’”

The 2-year-old is just as energetic as her older sister. She’ll bounce around the house but then be laid back at times. Her dad says she enjoys music just as much as her sister.

The parents say the two girls can be heard singing at any time of day. They sing songs from television shows, church or ones they make up on their own.

With the two girls being sisters, sibling rivalry is always going to be there. Aside from the occasional bickering, the two girls get along very well and comfort each other.

“You’ll hear the screams in the living room,” Chris said. “We’ll have to go break that up, but they get along really well.”

“One will bring the other a teddy bear when the other gets in trouble or is crying,” Shelley said.

She said the girls stick up for one another. The older sister is a little more serious than the younger one.

“They’ve had a lot of change in their lives,” Chris said. “The oldest is very protective of her little sister.”

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com of follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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