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.


High Quality Grandma

Looks like high quality grandma found some high quality accommodations in DC

As I write this, Katie is in Washington, DC, with my parents.  They planned this trip so Katie and her Papa could go to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum together.  She sent him an email in the spring suggesting this idea and it took him about a millisecond to reply with an enthusiastic, “Yes!”

Katie sent me a text message letting me know they were on their way to DC soon after they hit the road.  She told me that her Namma (named because Lexie wasn’t able to say grandma when she was learning to talk) had packed her a little cooler to keep by her seat in the car.  It had frozen butterfinger bites, frozen peanut m&m’s, little bottles of coke, and pink lemonade in it.  That was quickly followed by the following text message:  “She’s a pretty high quality grandma.”

Isn’t that the most awesome thing a girl ever said about her grandma?  I thought it was so cute.  And it got me to thinking about how true that is.  My kids really do have high quality grandparents!  And they are so lucky to have good, close relationships with them, particularly since they live so far apart.

I have thought since the time I had my girls that the best thing I could ever do for them was surround them with people who love them.  Their grandparents certainly fell into that group.  They were the type of grandparents who showered them with attention, who were willing to get on the floor and play and get messy with them.  The girls sat on living room floors and dining tables with their grandmothers and grandfathers for tea parties more times than I can remember.  They spoiled them with their time.  That’s the most important gift you can give to a child you love, after all.

And all that love and attention has paid off.  Katie, at 19, has chosen to spend the better part of her summer break with her grandparents.  That says a lot about the high quality grandparents she has, doesn’t it?

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