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My husband and I just decided and made the first step to adopt a child. This is a super exciting time in our life, and I'd like to share it with people. But I feel like a simple Facebook post just isn't the right way or doesn't do the announcement justice. I'm wondering if any offbeat readers have any suggestions/feedback/or advice on announcing your adopting a child?

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