My mom is now far away again.  

She quietly left Israel (temporarily I hope) with her new husband and returned to Philadelphia where she had previously lived for over 50 years.  The city I was born and raised in has welcomed my mom home with open arms.

But it doesn't mean these arms don't miss her and long to hug her.  Especially on a day that means so much.  

So to honor my 10,000 mile away mamma I thought I'd share some memories based on the pictures I have access to in Israel (my library of albums is slightly limited from aliyah).  

This first slide show is from birth until a few months ago.  Reminding me the love of a mother is strong and constant, at every stage of life.

This second slide show is a compilation of my mom's favorite foods (she has a thing for mousse and fries), which are conveniently perfect for Mother's Day.

I love you Mommy, and yes I know you "love me more" - a phrase I have stolen and now say to my own babies.

And love to all you moms out there who love and cook and hug me through your messages.  I have endless appreciation for you all.  Today is your day, I hope you can feel me hugging you back through these words.   

Check out my 8 Qs with Mom for everything you've ever wanted to know (like why she doesn't cook???) and some amazing, heartfelt motherly advice.

So, to my mom who has inspired me in so many ways and to all the other mom's out there - Happy Mother's Day, you deserve to be recognized on this special day and always.