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I really didn't plan to write any more sponsored posts. Even though the handful I have done in the past were 100% my own opinions, about stores or products I actually believe in, I decided that sponsored posts were not worth alienating my wonderful subscriber base.
See, it is almost time for my husband's vacation. And anyone who knows me knows what THAT means: the Dreaded HIPY (Home Improvement Project of the Year). Every year since 2006 we have redone a room. And with ten rooms in all, we still have quite a few to go. But the great thing is that we aren't dreading it this year, now that we know what a difference Glidden paint makes not only in the ease of application, but in the quality of the finished product.
The first year we converted my daughter's old bedroom into my office. It was our first effort installing a laminate floor ourselves - let's just say it was hard and it took a long time. It wouldn't have been so bad if we had ever painted the room at all in the ten years we had lived here. The walls sucked up so much paint we had to make several trips to Home Depot. First, we needed two or three coats of primer, and then two coats of the latex paint. But considering the mess we had made for ourselves by not maintaining the walls properly, the painting was a breeze.
The Glidden paint was awesome, and went on evenly. What really made everything so much easier
Glidden Room Painter. Just be sure to block out some time. It is so much fun to play around with the colors, that you might come to your senses several hours later.
I guess you can tell I can't say enough good things about Glidden paint. Now, I will never use anything else. We used Glidden paint to redo the guest room when my daughter moved home last year, and in just a few days will be heading out again to Home Depot to purchase the paint and supplies we will need to paint the kitchen.
Only four more rooms to go!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
This letter is from the Platoon Commander to the parents of the young Marines serving in 1st Platoon, Golf Company, 2nd Battalion,7th Marines, in Afghanistan in the Summer of 2008. The Platoon Commander is a friend of my daughter's - an exceptional young man we met at a homeschool conference in 2000 and got to know over the next couple of years.
He asked some friends to share this account of what happened in the Gullistan Valley, both to honor his Platoon and to encourage us that the war is not everything you hear on the news.
Here is just a fragment of what he wrote:
EpilogueWell done, Marines. Semper Fi.
As of July 2010, the US Marines have relinquished control of the Gulistan Valley to NATO Forces. Following 1st Platoon’s presence in the summer of 2008, enemy resistance slowly dwindled over the next two years and the villagers still talk about how “The first Marines who came, drove out the Taliban and they never returned.” The District Government is now fully operational and the Afghan National Police are a capable and competent para-military force in control of the valley.
Every Marine who passed into the valley in May left in December, alive. Nearly half were decorated for valor. In all, one Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, and numerous Commendation and Achievement Medals for Valor were awarded. Dozens of other acts of bravery will only ever be remembered by those who witnessed them personally. Most importantly, the relationships forged with the local Afghans served to drive a wedge between the Taliban and the people, and the children of the valley will grow up with brighter prospects than their parents. Thus is the legacy of the men of 1st Platoon, Golf Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, and their commitment to an obscure mountain valley in the summer of 2008.