Well after a couple of months of pondering and researching, I decided to upgrade my camera to a Canon Rebel XS. The camera store had just a few left and they wanted to move them out of inventory. I got a great deal and remained calm when the sales person told me the price. I wanted to jump up and down for joy--but I controlled that impulse since I wanted to make a deal on accessories. It must have been destiny, because it all fell into place.
So now I have another new adventure. Learning to use my new camera.