What's her secret?: 'Say 'I love you' every day'

abredeson@islandpacket.comSeptember 16, 2013 

Cindi Faulkner stands with her daughter Tiffany on Tuesday morning outside of Programs for Exceptional People on Hilton Head Island.

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Name: Cindi Faulkner

Husband: Larry

Town: Bluffton

Children: Timothy, 29; Tiffany, 25

Occupation: Co-owner and secretary at Larry's Appliance Service

Go-to dinner: Publix rotisserie chicken, green beans and potato salad

Biggest pet peeve: Clutter and people who are late for everything

Hobby: Spending time with her granddaughter, Ansley

Volunteer work: Faulkner is on the board of Programs for Exceptional People, a Hilton Head Island-based organization that provides programs and services for adults with special needs. She also volunteers her time with Island Special Team, a competitive cheerleading squad for individuals with special needs.

Favorite mommy moment: "My favorite mommy moment was the first time we heard Tiffany say, 'I love you,'" Faulkner said, adding that Tiffany was verbally delayed because of her cerebral palsy. Her mother said she is not very affectionate either, and doctors said that is typical of people who spent a lot of time isolated in the neonatal intensive care unit as babies.

Most challenging moment: When Tiffany was born, it was a scary time for Faulkner and her family. When she was just a few hours old, she was transferred from Hilton Head Hospital to the Medical University of South Carolina. Meanwhile, the Faulkners' son was at home with friends watching him. They were traveling back and forth every day, a trying situation for any family with young children.

Stress reliever: Pedicures and Dr. Pepper

Advice for other moms: "Always say 'I love you' every day to your loved ones," she said. "It may be the last time they hear it or you say it. And don't sweat the small stuff. Life is too short. It's not worth crying over spilt milk. Clean it up and move on. ... Each day is a gift from God. Treasure it because we never know what tomorrow will hold."

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