Who We Are
Faye and Jon have been married since 2010, and both have extensive experience as educators. Faye taught preschool and worked as a nanny, while Jon has been teaching for a number of years at a public High School. Faye, having been born in the Philippines, spent much of her youth in Chicago before moving to New York, while Jon has always lived in and around New York City. We both love to travel, and have been to many states and countries together, and share a passion for exploring new cultures and ideas, cuisines, art and lifestyles. Faye is an amazing and prolific cook, and is also a professionally trained baker and pastry chef. She is also an amazing gardener, having cultivated roses, lavender, lilacs, peonies and other beautiful flowers in and around our house. Jon loves to read and volunteer at his school. We are so excited to share all our interests and explore many more with the child we welcome into our home.
It’s Thanksgiving time again, and that means an amazing meal with family at our house. Thanksgiving at our house is a tradition we have been doing for years. This year it was a smaller gathering, only Jon’s Mom and Dad, his sister Lori and her fiancée Elisa, and of course Faye. That didn’t stop Faye from making lots of incredibly yummy food, and she does a great mix of traditional Thanksgiving items such as turkey, cranberry sauce with orange, stuffing and corn pudding, as well as some of her favorite Filipino recipes such as Molo Pancit, a chicken soup with very tasty dumplings. And Faye, being a trained baker and pastry chef, of course made amazing deserts, including a blueberry pie and a new pumpkin/apple cake recipe she created. It was an amazing meal and full of fun and family, and after dinner Jon’s sister Lori brought a bunch of arts and craft supplies, and we all spent time creating our own Christmas ornaments to decorate our trees. Jon was happy to see his sister who just recently bought a farm in Vermont with her fiancée and came down to spend Thanksgiving with us. There are so many leftovers (even after we sent everyone home with some), and we are so happy to have been able to spend time with family.
Recently Faye and Jon went to Cornell University to visit one of Faye’s old students from the days when she taught preschool. It was beautiful to see upstate New York in the fall, and to see the very large campus of this school. But best of all, it was great to see Christopher who is now a freshman at Cornell. He is working so hard in the Engineering program, but still made time to see us and was very excited to spend time. He gave us a tour of his dorm, which is full of art students who have created amazing murals everywhere. There was an apple festival going on in Ithaca, with street vendors selling everything from maple syrup, to jewelry, and of course, apples. Later we took Christopher out to dinner, and finally he took us to the Cornell Dairy bar for some amazing ice cream made from the cows right on their farm. But the best part of it all was seeing Christopher, and how comfortable he is with Faye. It has been so long since she taught him, but to see him still hug her like he must have when he was a child is so wonderful to see, and to know that the maternal affection he felt has not disappeared with all the years. Faye has had that affect on so many children she has taught. It was a wonderful weekend and we brought home so many amazing apples grown by the Cornell farm that Faye can turn into some really yummy pies!