Welcome, have fun, and good luck...snip
Your biggest challenge will be wintering the first few years.
Just keep in mind that wintering is regional specific. What worked for me back home in Vermont is too much and kills my hives here in KY. Expect to loose your hive the first winter or two... If you get it through the first winter don't rest on your laurels and think you have it whipped. Many factors that worked out the first season may not come together the second, or third.Bluegrass - I had already surmised that overwintering would be one of my first big challenges. The beesource resources are the primary reason I joined the forum. If the overall helpfulness of this forum was the deciding factor no one here would ever lose a hive. This seems to be a general attitude regarding bees that I have come across in many places and was one of the deciding factors to take the plunge.