Thanks so much for taking the time to look. I did as you suggested and the result is much better, I realized after that my main issue was that the content pieces below the slider load higher in the page until the images load and then those pieces snap down when the slider finishes loading.
What I also did was force the min-height of the div to the height of the slider images to keep the non-slider content in their initial position and now you don’t see it snap down. I added everything you suggested plus this.
@media only screen and (min-width: 960px)
height: 100%; //preserved for responsive
min-height:1629px; //height of slider images
I also ended up removing the loading gif as well. It looks great, we may launch today. Thanks again for taking the time to respond. I really appreciate it. I was on a 12 hour spree yesterday and my brain was getting foggy :)