Bethany Berg has lived in Woodstock for 10 years with her husband, Anthony. They met when she was 15 and he was 17, dated for four years and were engaged one year before getting married.
The Bergs have been married for 17 years and have five children: Mannah, 16; Haven, 14; Canaan, 11; Noble, 9, and Harvest, 2. Berg is pregnant with her sixth and said they’re thinking of naming the child Gideon.
Berg home-schools her children using Georgia Cyber Academy, an Internet-based curriculum, and said it’s quite challenging.
“It takes a lot of coordination,” she said. “Many times the older kids have to help me with the younger kids in order to get school done with everybody.”
Berg said that years ago she was a public school teacher but chose to home-school so she could focus on her children’s’ education.
“I realized that even the very, very best teachers can’t give every student the attention they need, even if they’re the best,” she said. “So I just decided that if I could, then I would home-school, and the opportunity came so I decided that would be best for the children.”
Anthony Berg said his wife does a great job balancing truth and grace.
“She has strong convictions but loves everyone, even those that oppose her perspectives,” he said. “She always strives to do what’s best instead of what’s easy, especially in regards to raising our children.”
When asked what it meant to be a mother, Berg said it was the ultimate responsibility.
“As I’ve grown older and wiser, I believe that it’s just so important that you see each child as an individual and not have the same expectations for each one,” she said. “That you focus on each child and help each one of them reach their best potential and focus on their strengths and weaknesses and just love them no matter what.”
Berg said she and her husband had a great dating relationship and never really talked about having children, but that “Each child is just so awesome that it’s kind of addictive and you just want to meet the next one.”
Her husband said she is an amazing cook, and “Fortunately for me and the kids it’s also something she enjoys.” Berg mills her own grain for homemade bread, muffins and other recipes, and organizes it in a baking station she set up.
The Bergs started a blog to share information with friends and family called “Wholesteading” for their interest in both whole living and homesteading. They wrote, “Wholesteading to us is more than just eating well and becoming self-sufficient. It’s also about doing life and living with a purpose.”
Their blog includes pages about farming, green energy, food and recipes, faith and family, charities, parenting, finance, home schooling, book reviews, health, fitness and more.
Berg said she has had seasons of life where she had more time to herself, but said, “I feel like I have so much fun with the kids that I haven’t really felt much need for (making time for myself).”
For Mother’s Day, Berg said her family’s plan centered around their child Haven’s baptism.
“My mother-in-law is here and our 14-year-old daughter is getting baptized this Sunday,” she said. “So we are celebrating that as well and just making it a big family affair.”