You are right Veronica, there are so many programs out there it is like standing in the toothpaste aisle today....too many choices!!ha,ha
I would suggest Photoshop Elements 11, and there is a free trial for it here http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=pho... It is a great program that you can use as a beginner and go as far as you want with it as there are so many features (but you don't have to use them if you don't want.) As you become more experienced and want to add more effects it has the capabilities that other programs lack.
I use Photoshop CS5 and probably only use 25% of the power of the program, but it's fun to then learn something new and find that you can do it in your program.
Best of luck in choosing and moving into digital!