Trevor, yeah, I always shoot in RAW. A friend who's a pro gave me a copy of Lightroom and promised that I'd like it. She was right. After the learning curve, I'm finding it to be fairly intuitive and a lot of fun. So far, I haven't tried Elements.
For my style of shooting, I'm finding the ND filters to be very useful. For the most part, I try to get everything right in the field, so the graduated ND filter is invaluable in bringing everything within the dynamic range of the camera. The other ND filter is used when I'm doing long exposures on flowing water.
Jay, Eugene, and Nick, thanks for the comments. I'm happy to have you as readers.