Time seemed to move all too quickly these days. Natalie felt as though much more time had passed since she had gotten married to Jackson...since he had turned her life upside down. She actually truly liked England, but she was getting a tad restless without her usual work to occupy her mind. She loved what she did. It wasn't to say that she couldn't be happy without it, but she was ready to look into another project...she just wasn't certain if it would mean leaving England or not.
Regardless, when she realized that Eloise's birthday was coming up, she promptly went out and found fabric to construct a unique tote purse and bought a darling necklace as well when she ran across it shopping. She knew that they were things that she would like, and she hoped that she and Eloise had similar enough taste that she had done well in choosing her gifts.
With one hand wrapped up in Jackson's and the other clutching Eloise's gifts in a carefully wrapped package, Natalie approached the restaurant that her sister-in-law had indicated and grinned brightly when she saw her, urging her husband along, "Eloise! Happy birthday!" Natalie greeted cheerfully when they were close enough, letting go of Jackson to give the birthday girl an appropriate hug.