Birthdays, as you get older, change. They usually don't carry the same excitement they once did. In fact, some people dread them! The older you get, the more they are a reminder of our finite life here on earth. The fact that we are all slowly dying. In some ways, the can actually be depressing.
The older you get, and however uneventful and depressing a birthday celebration can be, it is still a day to celebrate the birth of a wife, a mother, a friend, and a child of God. It is time to reflect on the purpose of our existence. A time to "count" our blessings. And not one by one. But by thousands! Celebrating a birthday should include the understanding that we were formed with His pleasure in mind. That we were fashioned to His liking, and He is pleased with us. That we were born for a reason. Our prayer, and yours I hope, is for Ildi to find peace in His kindness for her, love in her heart for His people, and contentment with His plan for her life. With love and God's grace, Happy Birthday to you!