It comes in big moments or small ones. Have you watched a movie called Miracle about the 1980 US Hockey Team winning the gold against all odds. I could tell you were I was during the event, ON that Friday night when the team won against Russia and  on Sunday when they wont the gold  Norway, and how life changed in those two events BAM, the was a wow explosion. I could not contain my excitement. A line that stuck out was ” Do you believe in miracles?

The WOW told me I did.

It is now the beginning of 2015 and I have been thinking about how fast last year passed. As you moved though the year you never know what the outcome of events will be and how you will be affected. We spend time over the holidays reflecting on events of the year, paying tributes to those we have lost, events in the world that have made us stop and think. Along the way have we truly missed those little miracles that renew our belief? How we become too busy to note those small moments? The question is do we miss those little movements that make us stop and go WOW, a notion that something is still right in the world even for just a few minutes. Some events we don’t think ab out and than other we stop and reflect on. This is where I was when Steve Jobs passed away, even though it was expected I still found myself sad and grieving. It wasn’t until the days following that he full impact of just how profound an effect he had on my life without realizing it. For all of us that have used a computer or listen to music, for all of us that find our banking easier, entertainment closer and the ability to have a closer relationship with those we hold dear. Steve and his magic changed our lives.

Then there are miracles – those little things that occur over the years that have surprised us, things that have helped us to realize some dreams and to let go of others. My daughter Alisha has given me two beautiful grand children. She had given up on the idea of becoming a Mom and I had secretly given up on being a Grandma. The Skype calls with the kids are silly and fun, Talking about cats and what I call silly Grandma dancing.

My early days were spent in exploring college, then exploring the rest of the world and producing a family with the sure knowledge that I would return to college life to take those classes that would finally allow me the degree that I have always wanted: to be come a writer. I have always carried a notebook with me and written short stories and romance, whatever bounced into the moment demanding to be told, those things that moved me, another of life’s miracles. I have taken copious notes about special times and how I was affected by them. Since the grandkids have arrived, I will write them a litter about who their grandma is and what a huge miracle and a WOW moment her life is to me.

With the New Year brings life miles stones, 14 years marriage to Phil. It has been many ups and downs but we have manged to work through them and become like mates then husband and wife. We love traveling together and sports and have done some amazing stuff together. Australia Day is special as always, it is when I got my Australian Citizenship. I had always wanted to get it on Australia Day, but I had never told anyone til it happened. Life here is so much more laid back, people are accessible and easy to talk to .  It was a simple process but I had worked hard to get my residency and it all felt like normal, like I had come home after being gone for years. I always dreamed of coming to Australia but never imagined I would live here. Dreams come true and I see and live in the same country as the Opera House and have driven across the Sydney Harbor Bridge. These are places I Have seen in pictures my whole life and could only aspire to see. Now I am honored to live on their soil.

Australia has taught me about mate ship and the game of cricket. Watched AFL football and see the players take nasty hits and not get up. but also take hits and get up like its nothing. Learned to eat a meat pie and Vegemite, learned about the ANZAC’s and how special the boys overseas really are.

The Aussies are a bunch of fun loving, bear drinking, and cricket loving, true blue mates that would do anything to help you out when you’re in a jam. Aussie know how to throw a great party, but still keep safe doing it. This Australia Day I hope you have great dreams for the new year ahead and hope that one thing that helps you still believe in that one moment to go WOW: everything with the world is really OK.

So, Here’s the Question – Do you still believe in Miracles?