Say hello to my daughter

Say hello to my daughter

Isabella Marie 7 lbs 9 oz


  • Hi Isabella Bettinelli –  Welcome to the world. It’s really a good place because God created it just like He did you.  You picked great parents.  You are truly blessed, just as they are in you.
    May the Holy Family guard you always.

  • Mommy and Daddy, the best names in the whole world. Life as you know it will never be the same.  I hope Melanie is resting comfortably.

    God bless!

  • Felicidades y que el Senor Jesucristo les bendiga! Congratulations and may the Lord Jesus Christ bless all of you!

  • Daddy Dom:

    Quick—do what I did with MY knock-out daughters: sign them up with the Discalced Carmelites, Class of 2020!

    I’m very happy for you both.  Enjoy life in the new baby bubble.  It goes by fast.

  • Congratulations!  She’s beautiful.  I can’t wait to see her (and you too of course smile)

  • She is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Blessings be upon your family!  And what a beautiful name – it’s as lovely as she is.

    I have been waiting for the day I’d see a baby photo at the top of your blog, and I have to say, I didn’t know that camera phones took such good photographs.

  • Dom and Melanie,

    What a beauty!  Congrats to you three!  She is lucky to have been born into such a family!


  • Congratulations, Dad!

    This is the existential change, becoming a father (or mother). You are now something else—or more—and forever. Welcome to the brotherhood!

  • Congratulations on the safe arrival of Isabella!
    May your lives be greatly enriched by her presence. God bless all of your family!

  • congratulations – and you will want to start thinking about finding some one who does vbacs for your next baby (unless you want to face incredible pressure to limit your family to 3 children).
    she’s beautiful……..

  • “Angel of God, her Guardian dear,
    To whom God’s love commits her here.
    Ever this night be at her side,
    To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen!

    Congratulations to all of you, she is a beautiful gift from the Lord!  Now the fun begins smile

  • Wonderful news!  Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby daughter!

  • I will never forget the first night my wife and I brought our oldest son home.  We were praying over him, in his bed as he fell asleep for the first night in our house,  when we both looked at each other and said that he didn’t belong to us.  God has lent him to us.  God has entrusted him to us.  He is now and forever and then there was the awesome rush of, “what was God thinking entrusting us with an eternal soul.”  “What if we mess up as parents?”  Then the next immediate thought was if my heart wants to explode with love for my son, if my heart pounds with the thought of my son not loving God, how much more does God love me and what an amazing love that He gives us, his children the choice to love Him.  That night, those first thoughts, have been the driving force behind my own desire for holiness, because our children our listening to their parents just not always with their ears but always, always with their eyes.  That night, those first thoughts made me committ to kneeling by my childrens besides every night to yes hear their prayers but to even more importantly to pray over them for protection and for God’s will in their lives, that they would be open and respond.  I think in the past 13 years I have only missed a handful of nights.  On a human level, we have never, thank God, had a hard time with our children going to bed and I attribute that to the pray over and for them each evening.  Pray, pray, pray.  We are all so psyched for you and your beautiful family.  We will always keep you in our prayers.

  • Congratulations! Could she be more beautiful? I think not!

    May God bless Melanie with a speedy recovery.

    It is an honor to share in your joy!

    Praying for you!

  • She really is a beautiful child – with a beautiful name.

    Thank you for providing the photo and sharing your joy with us.


  • Congrats, to the entire Bettinelli family.  That is a beautiful little girl!

    [quote=“Ray from MN”]No dating til she’s 35?

    The rule at our house is “No dating until you’re married!” LOL

    And Dom, as a father of 2 little girls (so far), I pray for vocations…A LOT!!

  • I waited all afternoon, but missed your announcement until now.

    Congratulations!  She has a wonderful name.  Now I look forward to the baptism pictures….

  • “Do we want our homes to be happy? If we do, let them be the abiding place of prayer, thanksgiving and gratitude.” 

    – George Albert Smith

    I get daily email reflections from Covenant House. This was today’s. I thought it seemed appropriate!

    I ran into fellow poster Kelly Clark at the Mass General today and we happily discussed the arrival of little Isabella!

    Take care –


  • What a beautiful name for a beautiful daughter!

    May God bless your precious family with infinite joy!