About Me

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and I currently live in Lancaster, PA.  I went to Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa, and that is where I met Chris, my husband.  We got married in 1995 and now have three beautiful and amazing children.  Elias was born in 2000, Rea in 2002, and Zach 2004.  We are trying to raise our children to love and respect each other, appreciate the world we live in, and be the best people that they can be.  Everyone has a  purpose, and I believe parenting is what I was born to do.  Most days aren’t easy, but I am hoping I am doing the best job I can.

When I was in college I planned to spend a semester abroad in Greece.  Both of my parents are Greek, and I was raised Greek Orthodox. I spent a lot of my time growing up in the Greek community, and going to Greece to study was an opportunity I couldn’t pass by.  I was excited to learn the Greek language and  to learn more about my culture.  Unfortunately because of the Gulf War in 1990, I had to change my plans and study in England.  Studying in Cheltenham was a wonderful experience and it was good for it’s own reasons; however, it wasn’t what I had dreamed about.   For the past 20 years, I have felt as though I missed out on an opportunity of a lifetime.  When my husband and I discussed living in Greece with our children, my old dream resurfaced.  We discussed it for a few years before we realized we could make it a reality.  Although Chris cannot be with us the entire time, we feel the pros outweigh the cons.  Our plan is to live on the island of Ikaria, where my father was born and has a home, for one year.  We will enroll the children in the local schools and immerse them in the language and culture.   And me, well, I am getting to check three more things off of my bucket list!

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14 comments on “About Me

  1. sally says:

    … and learn to make feta!!

  2. jandcfox says:

    Yes Sally…that’s on my bucket list as well!!!

  3. Beverly Quinn-Huston says:

    I think you are the best Mom….this will be the most wonderful experience for all you…I wish you all lots of learning, fun and excitement…thanks for giving us this blog….Love you all Beverly

    • jandcfox says:

      Thank you so much for your support!! I know you get it because you are such a world traveler. Why don’t you SERIOUSLY consider doing another Greece trip with your mom and my mom next year…we could all go to Italy together too! Love you Bev!

  4. Alison says:

    We had a Greek dinner Monday (yes, I made it myself, aside from the pita bread) and I was thinking of you the whole time. You WILL be missed by many, but what a life changing experience. I look forward to reading your stories.

  5. Sue D says:

    Jackie……..where in Pittsburgh?? We had 2 Greek families in our neighborhood and often attended Greek family celebrations with them at their church on the North Side. I had no idea you were from my side of the state!!

  6. plazos says:

    You’re going to have to teach me how to make feta once you learn!

  7. Hi Jackie, it’s Robyn (Ourania)….. we met at the carnival on Sunday. Small world, I just got an invite /announcement of a hike on Sunday (and it was in Greek so I didn’t understand it all), asked a question and Aggalos wrote back and told me to check out your blog and here I am… Lovely meeting you and I foresee some real fun ahead….My number is 41-337.

    • jandcfox says:

      Great to hear from you! I am going to call Aggalos about the hike on Sunday. I hope to take the kids. Are you planning on going? I’ll call you after I speak with him. My number is 61-174.

  8. JT says:

    googling information about the place my daughter is visiting and stumbled onto your blog. Thank you so much for posting. I can’t wait to share it with her when she returns to US, Just wanted to let you know. Now, back to reading some of your posts… 🙂
    -JT

    • jandcfox says:

      Thanks for letting me know! I hope your daughter is enjoying Ikaria… a beautiful and relaxing place in the summer…nothing to do, no where to be, no “time” to worry about…. And I hope you enjoy some of the other stories I shared. 🙂

  9. nicoleta says:

    this is the dream of my life,to get to Ikaria one day,though i know it is not possible.to stay there?my god,would be heaven for me my and my hysband.i only know the Ikaria island from media,until now i couldn’t afford to go only to Thassos island,but i love Greece and its people.I would love to give the chance to my child(who is 9 months old)to grow up in such a peacefull place,bonding with nature.happy for you and your family,you are blessed to live there.

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