A year ago, I purchased a Canon Rebel Xsi. Pure heaven for me! I love taking pictures (and wonder what my kids will do with all those pictures one day) and have loved this camera. I'm still a work in progress with the photography skills but hope to keep getting better every day!
Some websites that have really helped me:
http://www.dpreview.com/ (especially the forums)
Also books I have read by Scott Kelby and Bryan Peterson.