Hi, I’m so glad you’re here.  Let me first introduce myself and my family.  I’m Amy J. Bennett.   I’m a 36 year old working mom of two daughters and one son.

I married my high school sweetheart Scott 16 years ago.  I graduated from college with a Computer Science degree 2 years later and have since been working with a large bank in Charlotte, NC as a developer.  I’m lucky enough that I get to work from home several days a week.  Scott began his dream job as a State Trooper 11 years ago.

We are in a suburb of Charlotte just inside South Carolina called Fort Mill where we both grew up raising our own family.


Emma is our first daughter.  She’s our creative care-taker.


Lexi is our second daughter–the one that keeps us on our toes laughing.


Our son is Jac0b. We adopted Jac0b in August 2014.  He is our active, generous boy.


And I guess you may as well meet the 4-legged family members. Tucker is our 3 year old lab that creates enough drama he could probably have his own blog.



Our newest addition is my baby Bella.  I spoil her. A lot.


Now that you’ve met my family, let me introduce you to this blog.

I started blogging in 2002 when I was pregnant with our first daughter Emma.  In fact, you might have passed through my old blog Permission to Peruse in the past.  In the Spring of 2013, I moved to this new home.

In short, this is a lifestyle blog written by a Christian mom in the Southern suburbs.  One of my favorite things to do is sit with friends over coffee at Starbucks right around the corner. Often, these posts are just what we’d talk about if we did the same.  So why do I share it in print and in public?  Well, I have a feeling we go through a lot of the same things.  I need to hear a “me too” more often than I’d like to admit and I’m sure you do too.  I’m hoping as I reflect on life, we both can grow together.

In 2015, I launched the Feathers podcast.


Feathers was birthed out of our adoption story.  You can read our “Feather Story” over here and then read about the birth of the podcast here.  Feathers is all about faith stories.  Each week I interview a guest who has either had to take a leap of faith to obey God’s direction or who has maintained faith through a struggle.  Each week we are encouraged and inspired to take our own flights of faith.

I’ve been featured on MoneySavingMom.comOrgJunkie.com and published in LifeWay’s HomeLife magazine.

If you’re new here, you might want to check out the Popular Posts page,  my eBook Entangled or just check out my Southern accent below:

I’m ridiculously excited you’re here.  Let’s connect more!  I love social media and you can find me active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


  1. Good Morning. We enjoy your blog. We had a wedding fashion related question. Didnt know if you were good with fashion)) Let us know)

  2. I called it a clicker, too. Clicker kids unite!
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  3. Janet Beach says:

    Just happened upon your blog, via your SC Accent video, and thought how cute it was, then got to wondering what part of SC you were in, only to find you’re in FM… Ha! so that’s why so many of the things you said was what we say… Still call our remote a clicker, some of my kids friends make fun of it, but we know what it is… I sat here reading some of your post and have thoroughly enjoyed reading them… Just want to say hello and God bless…

  4. Finally I blog that talks to my heart. Good job Amy!

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  6. Megan Vincent says:

    This page needs updating :) BTW I just wanted to say I’ve been following your blog since you were placed with Jac0b. I know it can’t always be easy but it’s a beautiful thing. 2 years ago we started the process to adopt/foster and it isn’t an easy one. Miss you and God Bless Amy!! :))

  7. Amy,
    I enjoyed reading all of your different blogs and about your family. I am in no place to judge or argue with any person. And I am in no way trying to be disrespectful.
    However, I read a blog you posted about your BBB method in 2012 on swimming pools. I am also a hard working woman and I am employed by a family owned swimming pool and fireplace company. You commented on the products you buy from Wal-Mart. I just spent the last 36 hours researching prices on pool chemicals from all box stores and have spent the better part of this week reducing my margins to make what I sell somewhat comparable to box stores. While I reduce my margins to be competitive my cost is going up. People have this notion that “Pool Stores” or any small business for that matter are ripping them off. We dedicate our lives to understanding all aspects of a swimming pool, I take classes, I research products, I have solutions to the problems that you experience with your pool because I am knowledgeable because I care and believe in what I sell. I wanted to point out your BBB method is fine however, you purchase 3% bleach from Wal-Mart that you have to put in every night. A pool professional would inform you that what we sell is 12% and if you put the adequate amount in to begin with you don’t have to add it ever night. All I am saying is that your blog threatens my job because you make what I do for a living not matter. I seriously doubt this was your intention but you have to understand and educate yourself on all aspects of a topic prior to writing about them. You effect how people see me, the company I work for and the ethics of which we stand for.

    • Emily, thank you for your comment. My mom is a small business owner and I know firsthand the work you put into your job. It’s a lifestyle not a job! Just the way other alternatives exist for my mom’s service and product, I wanted to let people know there are options for pool owners for daily care and how to do that. Based on my results, I still recommend the BBB method. When I would have a major issue, stores like yours is where I would go. I think there’s a place for pool stores, but I also think owners can take more responsibility than they are but they don’t know the option even exists and that’s all I wanted to communicate. I appreciate you reading here and wish you the best.

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