Thanks for everyone for their comments.
I think I may have stumbled upon a solution. In Windows 7 Power Options, under the Balanced plan I selected "Put Computer to Sleep: Never."
Under Advanced Settings, I set "Hybrid Sleep" to "On."
When I close the lid, the computer shuts down and when I open the lid my desktop appears almost instantly. Eureka!
That's what I needed to happen.
I hope this discovery helps someone else, too.
Thanks again, everybody!