Emmanuel Balla (Manny) is my dream guy! He is the only one who understands my crazy mind. Though we have plenty of things in common, we are also opposite in a lot of ways. I am LOUD, sometimes high energy, and he is my calming dose to bring me back to reality. He is a hard working man who used to work 2 jobs to support our family. Yes, 2 jobs! But not anymore since we have moved to Texas! He is currently happy working 1 job as an AV Tech for a conference center in Irving, Texas.
But our story on how we met is unique and special and I wouldn’t have my love story written any other way!
Our love story began in July 2007. I went on my first missions trip to Hyderabad, India. He was a 23-year-old Pastor’s son, and I was the 19-year-old Puertorican/Dominican girl from New Jersey. After we met we started talking and after talking to him I knew one day I was going to marry him one way or another. Never in a million years did I think I would fall for an Indian man. He had everything I was looking for, big eyes, wonderful smile, but what also mattered was his character and values. And I won big time with Emmanuel. He loved kids, wanted kids, loved his family, and loves my family, putting God first, family second, and ministry third. At the end of our missions trip, I came home not knowing what would become of our relationship. Would we just be friends, or do long distance, all we knew is we were really attracted to each other and just wanted to get to know one another. After being home three days and talking to Manny on the phone everyday, he said the magic words, “I love you!” With an instant reaction I said, “I love you too.” We were inseparable over the phone! We talked three times a day in constant communication. Everyone always asks how our relationship stays so current and fresh. Well, we dated a year and a half always talking to each other. The three things we say that made our relationship succeed were communication, trust, and honesty. In January 2009 we became engaged and had a traditional engagement ceremony in Hyderabad, India. After coming home I filed a fiancé visa for Manny. Once it got approved we had 90 days to get married. Manny arrived in the US for the first time September 18, 2009. October 10, 2009 we were married in front of 120 of our family and friends.
3 months after we were married we found out we were pregnant! Though I was newly married, still trying to get used to the “wife” role, I was not ready to have a baby. My pregnancy was somewhat difficult. My job at the time as a Medical Assistant at a very busy Oncology doctors office left me stressed everyday. The difficulties I suffered in my pregnancy ranged from heart palpitation, dehydration, UTI, and kidney stones. I was so happy to be stress free when I went on maternity leave. The day I delivered Aiden was quite chaotic which is funny considering his personality is chaotic. It was a full moon on the maternity floor. Every room was taken, I had to change in the janitor’s closet, and they put my bed in the recovery unit with 3 other mothers in labor. Thank God my doctor got me into a private room before he broke my water. If not I would have delivered in the recovery unit. Thank you Jesus for having man invent the epidural, because I had a pain free delivery. After 8 hours in labor, and pushing for 1.5 hours, Aiden Moses Balla was born on September 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM. He was 6 pounds 8 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. He was a great baby. I had a wonderful 3 months of maternity leave until I went back to work. I hated leaving Aiden with the babysitter everyday because all I wanted was to be a stay at home mom. As a teenager everyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and that was to be a wife and a mom. Unfortunately at the time Manny was not making much money and was working as a bank teller, so I was not able to stay home with Aiden. We have had a long wild journey with Aiden. He is my first-born and as much as he drives me nuts, I wouldn’t have my life any other way. For our story and journey with what we have been through with Aiden, head over to Aiden’s Journey With PDD section. Aiden is my wild child! He lives life to the fullest, and is LOUD, hyper and vibrant. He has taught me how to live life on the edge and take things as they come! He is one of those personalities that will most likely go skydiving. He is super smart. He loves reading, spelling, and drawing. Even though he is the oldest sibling he does like to bother his little brother. He has a gift of being on the same level with other kids who are either special needs or delayed. He is patient, soft and calm with other kids like that, and I think it’s because he understands them. He is one of a kind and I am blessed and privileged that God gave him to me!
My second born. I wasn’t planning on having another baby either. He was a pleasant surprise. My pregnancy with him was much easier. Easy as pie! I was home during the day with Aiden, and teaching medical assisting in the evening. While he was in my belly I knew he would be a calm child. He barely moved in my tummy. Towards the end of my pregnancy is when Manny got his second job with Verizon Wireless due to financial need. The day I went into labor was predicted just like the doctor said. I had my check up and my doctor told me I would most likely go into labor that night or tomorrow. Of course a few hours after my appointment I started having cramps. My cramps were about every 3 or 5 minutes apart. Manny had gone to work at Verizon that night, and even though I wasn’t in pain, my instinct told me to have him come home. Manny came home and I started to get antsy. I called my doctor and off to the hospital we went. I was anticipating how the hospital would be after my experience with Aiden. The maternity floor was empty, quiet, and calm, just like Nolan’s personality. We checked in around 8pm. 2 hours after we checked in I received my epidural, thank you Jesus! After sleeping for some hours I felt the urge to push. My nurse came in as well as the doctor and we started pushing. After pushing for 40 minutes Nolan Joseph Balla was born on April 4, 2013 at 2:40 AM. He weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. The best part is he also shares a birthday with my mother-in-love. Nolan is my calm quiet child. He is very close and attached to me. He is sensitive and funny. He loves music and singing! As you can see in the picture Nolan and Aiden are opposites, but they are inseparable. They are lost with out each other, and prefer to do things together. I love the bond they have! I am blessed to have 2 amazing boys!