Based on my research, I also think that Gibson has been making great stuff lately.You certainly did it the right way: sacrificing your wants for the needs of your family *for years* makes getting your dream guitar even sweeter.
I'm in the guitar business, and I can confidently say the quality of Gibson's products over the past five years or so is leaps and bounds better than it has been since I started paying close attention to them in the early 1980s.
Their quality of materials and fit and finish have been extremely good.
People gripe about how much they cost... but take a tour of any big-name US guitar maker and you'll understand why the cost so much: there is a whole lot of hand work on them.
At Gibson and PRS, somewhere around 35-40 (sometimes more) individuals have had their hands on every guitar before it ships to the dealer.
Cost of any item is a relevant thing. For some it is extremely pricey and not justifiable, for others it is not. As I have said, I am really happy to be able to buy it, I know that some cant.
I look at it this way. I will have this guitar for 30, 40 years. Who knows how long I will be able to play it, till I get too old. So if you divide the price of this guitar to the many months and years of playing it is really not that expensive. But most importantly this guitar will bring me joy whenever I will play it. And some day I will pass this guitar to someone who will enjoy playing it as I did. And that is the most important thing.
Just my two cents.