Tammy Amodeo is Tony's sister. Married to Morley and mother to Nikolas. Tony
described her to me, with a protective tone, as gentle and sensitive. True words for sure. I arrived
at their house last year, nervous, I was meeting a lot of family all at
once. The evening began as a blur since my "radar" was in overdrive, but
then Morley offered a prayer of thanks for the meal, and he thanked
God for "new family." Certainly Tony and I are hard-pressed to recall
a more gracious and welcome gift.
Since then she has ministered to me... her notes, emails, little gifts,
arriving at moments when I certainly needed them. But it has been her
words... sharing her thoughts about her son going to Bible College... her
questions and inquiring after us... her availability to her brother... these
have continued to be a source of encouragement. There are more moments not
mentioned here, and moments unknown to me... of their hearts extended to us
in all our newness in Canada. As I wrote in the journal entry (17 March
2006) their home exudes life and laughter. There is a richness and a
texture to their honesty and the depth of their hospitality.
This page would not be complete without the recipe for the cookies
that Tony described to me when he first mentioned his sister to me. And as
promised here is the recipe for "Specials." Tony is not much for
sweets, but he has a definite weakness for these cookies.