Hey Craftymomma! Welcome to the wonderful world of crochet! You're gonna love it once you get the hang of it, I just know it!
I have some videos on my website - www.HookedOnNeedles.com - that may help you. Just look on my sidebar under Hooked On Needles Links where you will find a link for Crochet and also a link for Library of Video tutorials. Either of those links will bring you to a list of crochet videos that you can watch and rewatch to see if some of your questions can be answered.
If you still have questions on anything in particular, I'm always happy to demonstrate via video any stitch or technique or method that still doesn't make sense.
Soon on my website I'll be answering a question that Merryknitter sent me about a particular pattern she was having trouble with.
Don't be shy ... and keep trying! You'll get it, then you'll love it!