Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

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You can ring my bell!

Today, Saturday, the Men’s Bible Study of Trinity United Methodist Church will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in front of Wal-Mart on Hwy. 17 in Jacksonville, NC.  This is becoming a tradition as we have done it every year that I have been going, and probably before that. The sign-up list for bell ringers was circulated at a recent meeting and it filled up in no time.

This is the time of the year that generosity takes a front seat in the minds of all of us, we hope. “Generosity of spirit”  is how my lifelong friend, Ward Russell, describes it. I think to be blessed with a generous spirit is one of the best blessings of all.  A generous spirit shows itself in numerous ways. I see a generosity in my sons’ attitudes towards others and it makes me very proud. They are going to ring the bell for an hour, starting at 3 o’clock. I will precede them at 2 o’clock. I volunteered them and they didn’t seem to mind one bit. I find that exceptional for 15 yr. old teenagers.

This past Saturday was decorating day at my house. John and Drew did practically all of it. They actually wanted to, or at least they acted like it. They did an excellent job too, if you ask me. I would call this a generosity of spirit, wouldn’t you? With Molly gone to Greenville, leaving just the 3 of us, our home is like a fraternity house. We like to joke about that. The house stays clean and the clothes stay washed and folded, for the most part. We eat pretty well. The other 2000 things that crop up consistently in our daily lives seem to have a way of getting handled. I must say that we are a good team. Without a generosity and kindness toward each other it would be unbearable… for just a little while.  I am thankful that I don’t have to address unnecessary issues like that.

The men of my Bible Study set a tremendous example for me. They have been so generous with not only their contributions to our community but with their time as well. I believe they have rubbed off on my boys. Some people only want the material things that money can buy; others live for the things that money can’t buy. At this time of year especially, a generous spirit towards our fellow man is priceless. Talk to you soon.

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