Welcome to the form great info great people great time. Your wife will get over it in time
The mentor thing is good help him or her with there bee's and see if you really want bee's. My bee's have been so much fun. As you will read try to start off with two hives if one needs help you can get stuff from the other. I started of with one and had problem's so this spring I will do a split so I will have two hive's.