Welcome, midmichiganl! Hope you will join us often and post often. We have a nice bunch of folks here who are also very helpful to any and all.
Plano hit the nail on the head. Good suggestions. I might suggest the ammo that Southern Moss used in her class with a stub nose, which was: Federal, Personal Defense, 110 grain hollow point .38 Special. Might be slightly lighter than the 125 grain, but both would be pretty close with less recoil.
Best of luck on your CCW.