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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High Expectations

Betsy and the Beast

I have written about various people integrally involved with the upbringing of my children in the almost 7 years since their mom passed so suddenly. There have been several women, beginning with their grandmothers and certainly including aunts and friends, that have raised my children in part. It would be stupid of me to attempt to mention names for obvious reasons.

Suffice it to say that a child needs a “woman” quite possibly more than anything else to balance their lives. My longtime girlfriend and best friend Betsy embodies the type of person I want my kids to associate with, much less love! Betsy is quite frankly a woman of substance. She is a diamond and my kids love her, especially John and Drew. She has been around them constantly since well before they reached puberty, creating a “balance” in their memory banks. Molly and Betsy are very close and love each other more and more as time goes by.

Betsy is very protective of Sharon and I love her for that. She is a person that is very empathetic and kind when it comes to crossing boundaries. She doesn’t tread where she isn’t certain she is welcome. My kids have a BS radar that makes me very proud. To my knowledge, Little Betsy has never come onto their respective screens. She loves her people as much as I love mine. She comes from excellent “stock” and that makes things a lot easier for me because I need all the help I can get.

Her son Will is growing and changing daily and she is with him at every twist and turn. Will is 12 and in the 6th grade. Actually ‘ol Willie prompted this blog. He recently got his report card and did not have a single grade below a 90. He is graded on a 7 pt scale and had a couple of A’s and a couple of 92′s with one 90. Now that’s a good report, I don’t care who you are.  After she told me about the grades she calmly handed him the phone. When I congratulated him he was very “upset”!  He thought he had done much better. I sort of buoyed his spirits but didn’t go overboard, staying on point with “LB”.

She went on to explain that she expected more of him, reminding me of the verse in Luke about  those to whom much is given much is expected, and to those to whom much more is given, much more is expected…. Far be it for me to try and advise a woman like that, I’d say we’re already in sync. Talk with you soon.

 

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