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How I Met My Wife and How I Met My Sons-in-Law

emergency room. Victoria had blown out her knee during a high school basketball game, and this guy came to see her. I didn’t know who he was to Victoria, but all he was to me was some kid getting in the way of making sure my daughter was okay. I told him to get out, and I remember Victoria being kind of upset about that. Bekah’s and Victoria’s husbands were nothing if not persistent, however. They stuck around, and I eventually warmed up to them. I remember realizing Bekah’s husband was the guy she was going to marry when we talked about marriage while leaning up against a split-rail fence in Valley County. Victoria’s husband eventually asked for my permission to marry her, and I respected him for that. Because of how I pursued my wife before we were married, I respect guys who are willing to honorably chase after the women they want to marry. I remember the pastor of the church I used to go to talking about the times men in his congregation would come to him and say, “God told me to marry this woman.” My pastor would just look at them and say, “No, He didn’t.” Many of them would walk away dejected because in that moment they realized it wasn’t going to be as easy as they wanted. Real relationships aren’t supposed to be easy. It takes time and effort to make a relationship into a marriage, and I’m thankful my sons-in-law understood this — and that I understood it, as well. “Real relationships aren’t supposed to be easy. It takes time and effort to make a relationship into a marriage.”

I remember meeting her like it was yesterday. We were both students at the University of Idaho, and we attended the same church group in Moscow, Idaho. During one particular young-adult church party where everyone needed to form orderly lines, Debbie just stood up on a table and began giving orders to the crowd. They obeyed. I was awestruck by the way Debbie could command a room. She was so unlike any other girl I had known until then. Although I had previous infatuations, this was the moment I knew I had found the One with a capital “O.” Later on, I learned she was a mean cook, a happy bonus for sure.

Of course, we didn’t just live happily ever after from that moment on. What followed was a two-year honorable pursuit of the woman who would become my wife. Without going into too much detail, throughout the time I dated her, I changed my politics and got rid of the shiny, brown polyester suits I loved so much. Pursuing the woman I loved cost me, but what I gained as a result was infinitely better. Two years after I saw Debbie up on that coffee table, we got married. Debbie and I have six kids and now four grandkids. Two of my daughters are married, and whenever I think of how I pursued Debbie before we were married, I can’t help but think of how my two sons-in-law pursued my daughters. It was very different being a spectator to that pursuit instead of a participant.

Happy Valentine’s Day,

The first time both of them showed interest in my daughters, I told them to go away. In fact, the first time I met Victoria’s husband was in the

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What Is Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

Making Sure Your Work Injury Is Treated Fairly

You are probably aware you have some kind of workers’ compensation insurance, but what does that actually mean for you? In the early 1900s, if you were injured on the job and couldn’t work, then you would lose your income unless you sued your employer for negligence. Now, there are fairer guidelines in place.

However, there’s an important catch: If you take your workers’ comp insurance money, then you surrender your right to sue the business.

In many cases, it’s best to accept your employer’s workers’ comp insurance. Most employers don’t want to be sued and will make sure you get healthy again. That doesn’t mean your situation should be taken lightly. Every situation is unique, and if you have doubts about accepting the insurance, then you may feel pressured to make a decision fast. The waiting period for comp benefits after injury in Idaho is only five days. The best way to know whether you should accept workers’ comp insurance is to contact an injury lawyer. With legal insurance, it’s even easier. Your injury lawyer may even be covered by your policy. Why is pursuing a lawsuit worth it? If your injury isn’t receiving the attention it needs, the compensation you may receive can make things easier for you and your family. In Idaho, you can get past, ongoing, and future medical care covered, as well as part of your lost wages while you’re healing. Any transportation costs to receive your medical care, such as mileage, can be covered. If you start working again but can’t return to your old job, you can be relieved of retraining costs and earn pay while you train. Disability benefits and sometimes lifetime monthly checks can be included — and more. Skaug Law has won the largest amount of money for a workers’ comp injury recovery case in state history. Trust Idaho’s best injury lawyers starting with a free case consultation at (208) 466-0030.

Stealing Miss Helen ‘Ocean’s 3’ Attempt a High-Stakes Heist

On a hot summer day in late July 2018, three people entered Miss Helen’s home, forcibly removed her, put her in a stroller, and ran toward their getaway vehicle. This might sound like a typical kidnapping story, but Miss Helen is no ordinary person. She is a 16-inch horn shark living at the San Antonio Aquarium. Fortunately, their fishy behavior didn’t go unnoticed, and someone alerted the aquarium staff. One perpetrator drove away with Miss Helen in tow, but the other two were stopped by aquarium staff, later confessing to their involvement. Thanks to some observant witnesses and aquarium surveillance, police were able to identify the third thief and obtain a warrant to search his house. As it turned out, he had an extensive aquarium in his home and possibly hoped to add Miss Helen to his collection. After being identified, Miss Helen was returned home safely. The aquarium staff was grateful to have Miss Helen back unharmed, despite her ordeal. “She’s a tough little horn shark, I’ll tell you that,” affirmed Jamie Shank, the assistant husbandry director at the aquarium. NO MINOR CRIME While many animal lovers might disagree, animals are considered personal property, so stealing them is a crime of theft, not kidnapping. The penalties for stealing animals vary depending on each state’s laws, and some states have specific laws regarding animal theft. In Texas, larceny law designates the theft of property valued between $1,500–$20,000 as a felony. In the case of Miss Helen, who’s valued by the aquarium at $2,000, the thieves committed a felony. Also, transporting certain animals requires special permits, which led to additional charges against the three thieves. The Animal Welfare Act, which was adopted in 1966, is the only federal law that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. Interestingly, it only applies to warm-blooded animals, so if Miss Helen had needed further protection, she would be left out in the cold.

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Fighting for Those Who Can’t Fight for Themselves Let Skaug Law Handle Your Nursing Home Abuse Case

it, but if you feel like something is wrong, trust your gut. If you think your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911 and move them to a different facility. Talk to the facility’s administration staff, as well. They’ll probably have some sort of grievance resolution process you can follow. FILE A COMPLAINT AND GATHER EVIDENCE. If you don’t think the elder care staff responded appropriately to your claims of abuse, now is the time to take matters into your own hands. File a complaint with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare or another relevant administrative entity. Then, keep track of all medical reports, accident reports, and photographs of injuries you might have. These documents will be an important part of your case later on. TALK TO AN ASSISTED LIVING ABUSE ATTORNEY. Legal battles with nursing homes can be long and exhausting, which is why you should keep in contact with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney throughout the process. The attorneys at Skaug Law are well- acquainted with the legal process of getting justice for the most fragile members of our society. If you ever find yourself fighting to protect your elderly loved ones in court, give our office a call at (208) 466-0030.

If you have elderly loved ones in an assisted living facility, you should know they have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, to know their financial situation, and to be informed about their medical condition, among other things. Sadly, elder care providers don’t always uphold the rights of the people they’re supposed to be taking care of, and abuse in assisted living facilities is far more common than it should be. If you suspect that your loved one is facing abuse at the hands of retirement home staff, here are a few things you should do. TALK WITH YOUR LOVED ONE AND THE FACILITY’S STAFF. Ask your loved ones if they feel like they’ve been threatened, exploited, or otherwise mistreated. They might not feel comfortable talking about

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An Honorable Pursuit Toward Marriage

A Slippery Crime About Workers’ Compensation Insurance

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Give the Gift of Life

Give the Gift of Life

Feb. 14 is National Donor Day

option to change your mind. Once registered, you will not need to carry your donor card with you, as your status exists in the registry.

With all the cards, chocolates, and expensive dinners, it’s easy to get cynical about Valentine’s Day. However, National Donor Day also falls on Feb. 14, and it can refocus our attention back on the real meaning of the day: love.

JOIN A DONOR DASH. Donor Dash fundraising events pop up all over the country on National Donor Day. These noncompetitive 5K running and walking events are designed to bring donors and recipients together and keep hope alive for those who are currently waiting for a donation. To learn more, or to register for an event, check out DonorAlliance.org. PARTICIPATE IN #STARTTHECONVERSATION. Donor Alliance, a nonprofit that works to promote organ donation, began the #StartTheConversation campaign as a way to help spread awareness about organ and tissue donation. Starting the conversation can be as simple as sharing that you registered with your friends and family or as personal as sharing a story about how organ donation has touched your life or the lives of your loved ones. Don’t let another Valentine’s Day come and go in a tide of cellophane, candy hearts, and cheesy cards. This year, get involved in National Donor Day. After all, what better way is there to express the value of love than giving the gift of life?

In the U.S., 20 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant. Losing loved ones is one of the most painful aspects of the human experience, and while it is unavoidable, organ donation offers a pathway to help prevent that loss and keep more love in the world.

In the spirit of that love, here are a few ways you can get involved with National Donor Day this Feb. 14.

REGISTER AS AN ORGAN DONOR. Signing yourself up is easy and can be done either online or in person at your local Department of Motor Vehicles. You’ll need official identification to register. Registration is not permanent and you will always have the

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