Thanks for all the kind words! To respond to those wondering how it works when we travel, it is really just a matter of being smart about where we place things so they don't slide and break. Some things go in the bedroom, in the shower, in the nooks and corners where they won't slide around. Sure it is a little trouble, but it is worth it to have the type of decor and look we want. Plus we stay in places for a while before moving on, so it really isn't bad.
As far as removing the valances, they were simply decor (and bad decor in our opinion), and weren't providing any privacy. So we still have plenty of privacy with our night shades which we kept. Some of the blinds we just bolted right back into the wall without the valances, and a few had to go back in the same holes that were drilled for the valances so I drilled the blinds into a 2x2 and drilled that into the ceiling in the same holes used for the valances.
Thanks again for all of the encouragement!