Thank you for the clarification.
Yeah, I can see how it would make it seem like I had cheapened the whole thing with that flippant remark. Being flippant and sarcastic are a couple of defense mechanisms I've honed to razor sharp lethality and I use them when I shouldn't sometimes. And yeah, for all practical purposes, it worked out fine for my wife, and in some ways she was the one least hurt by this little fiasco. She wasn't nearly as emotionally invested as the rest of us were. She's doing fine, I'm feeling a thousand percent better since I made the call to back out entirely until the other couple gets their stuff worked out.
Again, thanks for the posts, and Redpepper, thanks for the clarification!