This is my lovely Mum (who'll be cursing me right about now for posting this pic) during her recent visit from New Zealand.
She got to meet her youngest grandchild, Lil Sis, for the very first time, and see Big Sis for the first time since she looked like this:
One thing about having your parents so far away, is that you really appreciate the time you do have with them. We had a lovely few weeks, which flew by waaaaay too quickly, and I was thrilled Mum could be there for Big Sis's first day at school.
Seeing Mum after four years was amazing, but seeing her with the girls was absolutely priceless. They both adored their Nana, but she and Lil Sis grew especially close. If Mum dared leave her eyesight, Lil Sis would follow her around shouting 'Nana? NAAAAANA!' The day Mum flew out, she walked into the spare room, saw her suitcases were gone, and burst into tears, wailing: 'Nana gone... Nana gone..!'
So the moral of this story is that Mums are amazing, and unique and irreplaceable; a fact that the team behind Tesco Mum of the Year Awards already know. They're honouring another batch of remarkable women in March 2013, and you can still put forward a wonderful Mum HERE.
But be quick! Nominations close tomorrow...