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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Adult Granddaughter

From a way earlier visit to Michigan...

I talked with my mom the other night, mostly checking in to see how Katie was doing on her visit with them.  In reality, I know she’s doing well and having fun.  I hear from her daily via text message.  She has shared with me all the big and little things she’s done in Michigan.  I think I just wanted to talk to mom and hear how things were going from her perspective.  And what fun it was to hear about my teen from her grandma’s point of view.

Mom told me about all the times Katie went with her to Zumba class.  And she told me that Katie had gone with her to a lunch for mom’s retired teacher friends.  She also told me about lots of shopping they’d done and that they were going back to one store that was closing to look at their fixtures.  That one made me pretty nervous, imagining some giant clothing rack Katie might be eying.  I was relieved when she told me they were looking at a fixture that held earrings.  Whew!

And she told me how well Katie had handled a trip to the pharmacy up there, arranging for a  prescription to be filled long distance.  My mom described to me the way Katie walked up to the pharmacy attendant and gave her full name (funny that it still sounds strange to my mom, too, to hear her call herself Katherine!) and explained that there was a prescription that had been called into the pharmacy branch in North Carolina but she’d need it filled there in Michigan.  There was an issue with having it filled in a different state that required a discussion with the prescribing doctor, so there was a delay.  Katie took it all in stride and made arrangements to pick it up a day later.  Mom told me Katie was very businesslike and mature in handling the transaction.  I think she had fun watching Katie just being an adult.

Mom was pretty impressed with the way Katie handled herself in all these situations.  She said she was personable and friendly and made conversation and took care of business.  I think it was fun and interesting for mom to get a chance to see Katie, without her hovering mother, behaving as the young adult she has become.  I loved the chance to see it through my mom’s eyes.

I know Katie’s growing up.  I have seen her taking on more and more of the tasks of daily life as she’s ventured out into the college world.  It was fun to get a window into those changes through my own mom’s eyes.  Part of me felt super proud of my girl.  And part of me realized it was totally Katie’s own thing to be proud of.

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