Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. It happens all the time really, but last fall our family got one the form of a herniated disc in Seth’s back. He went from able to work, to able to work some, to flat on his back on the living room floor. We went from a family that made ends meet to a family that couldn’t anymore.
At that point we’d lived in Missoula for nine years and knew well the money dance that is a part of all of our lives here. No one moves to Missoula to get rich and we, like nearly everyone we know here, had done the calculation of low wages plus quality of life and figured we’d come out on top. Then we did the calculation of work-at-home-mom plus debilitating back injury and the numbers didn’t look too good.
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