Thanks everyone for your input. I've been given enough information and resources to help me continue to learn more and feel like what I have read over the last few days has got me on a good start. I would like to purchase a new camera before June so I'll let you know what I choose. I still haven't decided between the DSLR or the mirrorless. @fractal one more question. I thought I read that mirrorless may take longer to focus. Did I read right? Is it much of a difference? Or pretty insignificant? I'm wondering about spontaneous photos in the moment and if the mirrorless take longer to focus. Thanks @Jahona for the additional information!