About Me

Welcome to Brown-Eyed Home Girl!

So glad you stopped by.  As you may have guessed, I have two irises, both of which are brown.

And Home, well, to me there’s no sweeter word in the English language.  And as a full-time mom for more than 20 years, it’s where I’ve spent most of my time and energy.

I am Queen Bee of a family of six.  I used to have four children.  I blinked and overnight I had 3 adults and one teen.  We share one big happy home punctuated by the occassional skirmish – part and parcel of so many strong wills under one roof.

When I had my son 26 years ago, I left my full-time job to become a
stay- at-home mom and received a lot of flack for it.   Six years
later, I announced to my family and friends that I would be
homeschooling!  I endured their shaking heads and pressed forward
unfazed.  To the naysayers, I had officially gone off the deep end.

Thus began my adventure of homeschooling .   More babies came and with
that more homeschooling, more curriculum fairs, more books, and more
co-ops.   The naysayers stopped naysaying when they saw the kids
didn’t turn green or grow antennas, and could actually read and carry
on intelligent conversations.

My three social experiments are now excelling at the top of their
classes in college now, and I’m still homeschooling my teenage son.

The terrain of my life has consisted of winding roads, pit stops and
pits (deep pits), peaks, and valleys. I’ve learned a few lessons along
the way.  Kick up your feet. I love to share a good story and some of
what I’ve learned.  I will be developing and adding to the site bit by
bit, so stay tuned.

From birthin’ babies, nursin’ babies,  raisin’ babies, home teaching,
living on close to nothing, second- hand shopping and my specialty,
‘curbside’ shopping, to navigating life’s twists and turns. It’s been
difficult, but God’s grace has sustained and uphold us through it all.
To use Maya Angelou’s words, “wouldn’t take nothing for my journey

I’ve been wanting to blog for some time but I wanted it to be
perfectly perfect! But a girl ain’t gettin’ any younger, and I’m
realizing more and more that perfection is unattainable. So my new
motto is to get out there and do it, do it perfectly imperfect, but do

I would love to hear your comments and your experiences.

My utmost hope is that you would feel encouraged, laugh a little,
learn something and if at the end of the day you find yourself saying,
“Wow, I thought I was the only one!” then I know I have succeeded.

Blessings to you,
Norma James

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