COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, we’re sharing love stories from the hearts of families across the Capital Region. Ever since she was born, Colonie mom Chrissie Parkis has been putting her daughter, Emma Anderson, first.

The mother daughter duo enjoy shopping, hiking and kayaking together.

Parkis and Emma’s father divorced amicably when she was little and currently have joint custody. Together, raising her to be the wonderful young lady she’s become.

“I think as you parent older children you’re stressed out about different things than you’re stressed out when they’re little. I mean I can actually sleep through the night now, until she starts driving and then I’ll be up all night again,” said Parkis.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9.