The original homepage slide has been up and was functioning for a few days. At that time it was the only slideshow with an image on the site.
Yesterday I did 2 things: First I updated the slideshow plugin as it had an update available. Afterwards I uploaded pictures to the alternate slideshow on the renovations page.
After I entered some other content on alternate pages, I noticed my homepage slide was not showing up - there were no changes made to it directly.
For troubleshooting I checked the settings, removed and re-added the image for that slideshow and nothing. That image is currently set in two places: Theme options - Homepage Settings - first slider image (and 2nd to test) AS WELL AS in a slideshow called "home".
I have added and removed the slide image a few times AS WELL AS deleting and re-adding the slideshow called "home" to troubleshoot and nothing is working.. one issue with this template is that the homepage isn't it's own "page" but controlled exclusively through the theme options - I'm wondering if the update somehow didn't transfer data to that theme options page code or something?