Be­com­ing a trio

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son to join their fam­ily.

“There was no morn­ing sick­ness, no baby bump, no La­maze classes, no swollen feet and no tiny lit­tle kicks to re­mind us of the prize at the bot­tom of this par­tic­u­lar Cracker Jack box,” writes Roach in “Pop Daddy.”

It all seemed so im­per­sonal and void of any hu­man con­nec­tion for this amaz­ing hu­man be­ing that he and his hus­band would be re­spon­si­ble for lov­ing and pro­vid­ing for over the next 18 years of his life.

“There’s a lot of wait­ing and hop­ing. Adop­tion is one long act of faith and de­vo­tion. You’re putting your faith in the sys­tem that it’s all go­ing to work out for you and it did for us,” says Roach.

It was life-chang­ing for the new par­ents the day the wait­ing game ended and the dis­tance be­tween Jack­son and his dads be­came no more than a few steps away from their bed to his crib.

“The minute Jack­son ar­rived we be­came a trio,” says Roach. “We’d waited so long that we didn’t want babysit­ters, we didn’t want nan­nies. Be­yond our fam­ily try­ing to help us tran­si­tion, we wanted to be with Jack­son. “

But how would peo­ple in con­ser­va­tive Texas re­act to two men rais­ing a baby? And how would Man­ford and Roach ad­dress the truth about their fam­ily to to­tal strangers who felt their awe­some trio was ac­tu­ally harm­ful to

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