They are very, very real. And for anyone who may doubt it, here's a nugget of proof.
Remember the auction I held a few months ago? For the blogging mom and her husband that had been in a plane crash? The wife had burns over 80% of her body. http://3minionsintow.blogspot.com/2008/09/auction.html
Well, guess who is well enough to be blogging again? That's right, it's Stephanie.
She's still under the care of a nurse, has to take a million pills every day, and is still in pain. But she is surviving, and enough that she is back to blogging again, and it has only been 5 months since the plane crash.
Miracles DO happen.