Hi there, friends. I’m Bethany. I’m a writer by profession and by passion, though I work a few different jobs to make ends’ meet. I live with my sweet husband and our twitter-friend-turned-awesome-housemate in a little brick home in East Nashville.

This blog has seen me through a lot of major life transitions since I started it in 2009* – graduating college, beginning a career as a copywriter, getting married, losing my mother to cancer, and most recently, moving cross-country from Chicago to Nashville in pursuit of creative community. I grew up in rural Michigan, but I moved to Chicago to attend college, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications & Writing from Judson University.

These past few years have been a series of deaths and rebirths for me. Mom passed away in January 2012 after living with breast cancer for 14 years, and her illness and death have shaped who I am, for better or worse. I was raised in a strongly conservative evangelical home, but in recent years I find myself on the fringes of that faith I was raised in. I’m a feminist, and may in fact be what my family always referred to as a “bleeding heart liberal.” Most of them still love me anyway, just as I love them. I’m still coming to terms with what all of this means for me and my faith.

Through it all, the idea of transformation – of my self, my faith, and my writing – has stuck with me, thus the “writing & righting” theme of this blog. I write to process life’s seasons, to unearth the sacred in the ordinary, to discover grace in the midst of grief, and to share the revisions and shifts in perspective I discover along the way.

These are the pieces of my transformation story, and here is where I share praise and lament for the deaths and rebirths, drafts and edits that are shaping my life.

Much love,


*Note: I started this blog in 2009, but in 2014 my site crashed and I lost a lot of my content. I’m working on getting it back, through saved drafts and Google cache. Thanks for understanding! 

  • http://www.sbethcaplin.com/ Beth Caplin Stoneburner

    My father died of cancer 3 months ago – he too suffered on and off from the disease for nearly 14 years, and died 2 months before my wedding. I see a lot of myself in some of your journey described here. Looking forward to reading more of your writing :)

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      My mom had breast cancer for around the same amount of time, Beth. I’m so so sorry that you lost your dad, and so close to such an important event in your life. It means so much to me to connect with others who have experienced a similar loss. Please stay in touch, and feel free to email me if you ever want to talk.

      • http://www.sbethcaplin.com/ Beth Caplin Stoneburner

        Do you have a contact page? Didn’t see one here.

        • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

          Beth, I’m so sorry I never saw this second comment! I forgot that we haven’t added a contact page to the site since my blog crashed and we rebooted it. My email is shewritesandrights @ gmail.

          • http://www.sbethcaplin.com/ Beth Caplin Stoneburner

            sbeth1188@gmail :)

  • http://www.nathanaelvitkus.WordPress.com/ Nathanae

    Welcome, Bethany!

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      Thank you, Nathanae!

  • http://www.majorinthegraceofgod.blogspot.com/ dale carroll-coleman

    Was just reading She Loves mag, which I hardly ever do… and I found you. We are East Nash neighbors sweet girl and your story of your mama caught in my throat. I love your writing and maybe we can hang out on my porch and drink some sweet tea (I’m a northerner too and new to Nash)

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      Dale, I would LOVE to hang out on your porch and drink sweet tea. I absolutely love connecting with online folks in real life, and Lord knows I could use more local friends. Let’s make it happen!