I am intrigued by all things wordy! In other words, languages and the etymology of words fascinate me. When my husband and I went to Italy last summer I took a crash course in Italian. Since I have studied Spanish and French in college and absolutely adored my high school Latin course, learning a little Italian was a fun challenge. Back to the title of my post: Why "Bella-Mella"? Obviously, or maybe not, Mella is a play off of my first name-Melanie, and Bella is Italian by way of Latin for "fine, beautiful or pretty." Now lest you think I hold a high opinion of my appearance..."bella" is also found in Hebrew and means devoted to God. So, while my husband tells me I am beautiful, "Bella-Mella" to me signifies the kind of life I hope to live-A Beautiful Life Devoted to God.
(picture from our trip to Venice on our 20th wedding anniversary)