Welcome to SMF Smitty258! Congrats on the new smoker and such a thoughtful and brilliant wife. My wife is so much smarter than me. She's been buying me grills and cooking equipment for decades, including my first two smokers. Took me forever to figure out what she already knew: she buys me stuff I love to cook/smoke with, I do all the cooking!
Have fun with that first smoke. Keep it simple to start and get some successes under your belt. Then move on to the more challenging stuff. Keep us posted on what you choose to smoke on the new toy.
There are lots and lots of folks here with the MES 30 so any question you have will be quickly answered.
Once again, welcome!