Thanks for your warm welcome
Thank you all for replying to both my posts. It served very well to calm my mind when it is not an appropriate time in my life for it to be the priority thought. I am in the midst of final exams and less than a week away from my flight to spend the holidays in Germany and France with my sweetheart. (These being both the reasons I needed help getting it off my mind for now and also the reasons I cannot reply back right away.) Please understand that I am not ignoring or abandoning either conversation thread - I would like to respond to what all of you have said - I simply need to put them on hold, and I will return and respond in due time after my return.
Thank you again