“My name is Zoom and I live on the moon and I came down to Earth just to sing you this tune. Hey Mama! It’s your birthday.. today!”
Our mom is one of a kind. We know that term is tossed around a lot these days… But, like really. Ask anyone who’s ever spent any time in her space- and they will 100% wholeheartedly agree that Pat Wilson is one of the kindest, funniest, most compassionate humans on the planet. So naturally, we wanted to celebrate her today on her birthday and share a little bit of what makes our mom so special.
- Her love for the Lord. I don’t know anyone that has more of a desire to glorify the Lord and make His name known. Everything our mom does, she does with this perspective. She wants nothing more than her family and friends to know God and live an abundant life in Him. It’s pretty simple- when you spend anytime with my mama, the light of God’s love pours out of her, and you can’t help but notice and be impacted by it.
- She’s an amazing wife period, but especially a pastor’s wife. My mother is the epitome of a help mate and servant. We have learned what it means to be a Godly wife and how to love, honor, respect, and obey our husbands because of her example. But even more than that, she was made to be a pastor’s wife. She has loved people in every church that my parents have ever had a ministry. She works hard to be involved, to be available, to be a leader, a mentor, and a friend. She exhausts herself with helping my dad’s ministry be as far reaching and as impactful as possible. You can ask any church member from any church they’ve ever served, and there is a lasting legacy from the ministry of Pat Wilson.
- She makes anybody in her space feel special. You may have noticed the “Zoom song” at the top of this post. Well, long story short, one day when Amberly was young, mom found a cassette tape at a gas station that had a cheesy recording of a personalized birthday song. Mom played it for her every year on her birthday. Then she couldn’t find one personalized for Whitney, so she make it up herself. So every year, we got woken up with our mom (oftentimes carrying a special breakfast or balloons) singing the Zoom song loudly for us on our birthday. Sometimes in ministry, there’s not a lot of extra income for big birthday shenanigans, but we never knew that. Mom always went out of her way to make our day extra special. One of my (Amberly) favorite memories is how she would write Happy Birthday on the mirror in the bathroom with a bar of soap. I now do that for my kids. We always felt cherished, loved, and celebrated. And not just on our birthdays. There’s a quote that says, “People may not remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” If you ever spent much time in the space of Pat Wilson, you are probably waving your hanky in agreement of how loved and important she made you feel.
- You can always count on mom for a huge laugh. Our mom has a killer sense of humor. Not only is she the loudest sneezer on the planet (and oh how she loves a good sneeze), but she has the best, most contagious, boisterous laugh. She’s always down to watch a great Laurel and Hardy or Andy Griffith to get her rolling. She loves a good joke and will laugh at the punchline for HOURS. There is nothing that makes my mama happier than sitting around a living room or front porch with her family- telling stories, telling jokes, and laughing until she cries. It’s true joy, and she lives it!
- She’s the best friend you could ever hope to know. Mom is fiercely loyal to her friends. Her sisters & sister-in-laws, her friends from high school, ladies at her church, her students in her classrooms, the cashier at Dollar General, the lady doing her pedicure at the salon – I think they would all agree that she is the best listener, the best keeper of secrets, the one you want to share a laugh with, and an overall brightner of your day. Our mom wasn’t our friend growing up, she was our mother – and there is a distinct difference that gets very blurred in our society today. We knew she loved us more than her own life, that she was boss, teacher, guide, and helper but she was not our friend. We respected her as more than that. However, as adults it has been the greatest gift to have her as our best friend. Besides our husbands, she is the first person we want to talk to about anything – good or bad. We value her friendship and opinion above any other and are so thankful that we get to call her mom and best friend.
- She is SUPER frugal. Our mom has a way of stretching a dollar better than anyone else we know. She uses $.99 red lipstick from the grocery store and uses Q-tips to dig down to the bottom of the tube so none of it is wasted. She once bought the wrong size filters for her coffee pot, but instead of buying more – the correct smaller size – she moved her scissors over by the coffee and cut the bigger ones to size every day until she used the whole pack…….all 150 of them! Each year at our family cabins, I (Amberly) buy a few cheap towels for the floor of the cabin bathroom. I intend to throw them away at the end of the week…it never fails that Mom grabs them and takes them home, washes them, and puts them to good use. If you have to be stranded on an island with only a few items, you want to be stranded with our mom – she has mad “make do” skills.
- She is an incredible Mimi. She is a fantastic mom, but she is an even better Mimi. She loves her grandkids more than life itself. Sometimes I (Amberly) wonder if she loves them more than I do! They have her full attention at all times. She could care less if her most prized possession is ruined if it made them happy to play with it. She gets down on their level, reads to them, plays with them, sings to them, tells them stories, and snuggles with them. She has a great imagination and makes up the most fun games for them…and if you haven’t ever heard her character voices, you are missing out. Her grandchildren beg to see her almost every day. They love their Mimi!
Happy Birthday, Mom. We are definitely who we are because of you (and Dad, of course). We want to rise up and call you Blessed. “An excellent wife (woman), who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.” Proverbs 31:10 — No stack of jewels could ever amount to your worth.
We love you!
Amberly & Whitney