Always good to see updates Idealist. Good to see you still working through stuff.
Its unfortunate when people can't accept what people wish to do. I don't experience this, but I also tend to keep my distances from heavily religious types. Being agnostic they don't tend to appreciate my viewpoints.
Sounds like things are flowing nicely for you. Sorry to hear about John and Jacob, but things happen, relationships come and go. With your energy and positivity I am sure you will find what you want.