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Jacklyn Di’Capua Pate

Jacklyn Di’Capua Pate is the clinic coordinator at Southeast Health Hematology and Oncology. She and her husband, Kenneth, have been married for 13 years. They have a foster son, Logan (2).

WP: What made you and Kenneth want to be foster parents?

 

JP: We tried for many years to conceive on our own. Through much prayer and discussion we accepted that was not God’s plan for our lives. We prayed additionally that God would show us the door in which to follow. That door was foster care. We met with a caseworker for additional information and the rest is history!

WP: How has welcoming a little boy into your life been?

 

JP: He has brought us so much joy and showed us what true, unconditional love is. I always dreamed of bows and dresses with little girls, but now I can not imagine my life without trains and dump trucks! He is truly the light of our lives.

 

WP: How would you describe your parenting style?

 

JP: We keep our parenting in line with our biblical principles first and foremost.

 

WP: What’s the one thing you wish people knew about foster care?

 

JP: I wish people would get out of their mind, “I’d get too attached.” That is exactly what these children need: attachment and love! Whether it is for a day, a year, or forever. They deserve every bit of it! 

 

WP: What advice would you give to a couple considering fostering a child?

 

JP: Pray for wisdom and guidance! Meet with a caseworker and get all your questions answered. Also make sure you get plugged into the foster care community. That is so vital in fostering! Fostering Hope in Headland has been a Godsend.

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WP: The holidays are upon us. What are some things your family is looking forward to this year?

 

JP: We love getting downtime from work and school to focus on one another and making memories that will last a lifetime!

 

WP: Are you guys a ‘one big gift’ or ‘lots of smaller gifts’ type of family, and why?

 

JP: Honestly, it depends on the age. This year we are doing two big gifts.

 

WP: Speaking of Christmas, if you could only receive one gift this year, what would it be, and why?

 

JP: A massage! It is a nice time for me to put down all electronics and focus on myself and my well being.

 

WP: It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the busiest times of the year. How do you prevent burnout so that you’re not pouring from an empty cup?

JP: I have learned not to sign myself up for more than I know I can do. I used to always say yes to every event or function, and at the end of it all I would be so miserable. I now have learned to say “no” or “now is not a good time,” and that has changed my burnout dramatically!

 

WP: Looking back on this past year, what would you say is the best thing to happen?

 

JP: Logan took his first steps!!! 

 

WP: Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2022?

 

JP: To continue to be absent from my phone and present to my family!

 

WP: If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

 

JP: Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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Mom to Mom: Jacklyn Di’Capua Pate

by Ashton Wright time to read: 4 min