End of a Season


“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” —Ecclesiastes 3:1

Spring is a time of new beginnings, and I would like to share some new beginnings in this season of my life.

First, I would like to thank each of you for being one of the Pearl Girls.  Your friendship and encouragement have truly blessed my life.

With my unexpected “lump” in the road behind me, (i.e. breast cancer) and my recovery from my unexpected “bump” in the road, (i.e. car accident last summer when someone ran into me), I have had time to do a lot of praying.  Cancer and car accidents can definitely cause you to ponder and pray.

I prayed a lot about the future of Pearl Girls and realized that at this time, I need to press pause. Believe me, this was a very difficult decision. The website will remain online along with archived blog posts, photos, and links to the Pearl Girls books. And perhaps in the future, there will be another Pearl Girls book if that’s the Lord’s will.

Meanwhile, I would like to share with you the next season or should I say “seasoning” of my life . . . .

As many of you know, my late father, Dr. Claude H. Rhea, Jr. profoundly influenced my life. He loved the Lord and exuded joy everyday through his words, actions, faith, songs, and food. My dad was an incredible gourmet home chef.  He loved to cook! One of my biggest regrets in life is not accepting his many invitations to join him in the kitchen to learn how to create culinary masterpieces and to learn the basic skills of cooking.

My dad found joy in the kitchen!  So, at age 52, I am on a long overdue journey to discover joy in my own kitchen and to honor my late father through this process. Yes, I realize the irony . . . I am not a good cook, but I am hosting a cooking show called Kitchen Chat. I hope that you will join me on this journey as I invite top chefs and food experts virtually into my kitchen to share their recipes, cooking tips, and their joy of cooking.

As a Christian, I know that Jesus is the true provider of joy, and I also know that He enjoyed eating and even cooking for the disciples.  His invitation to “Come and dine,” (John 21:12) brings joy to my heart and grace to my life.

I really want to keep in touch with you.  You can always find me in my kitchen. If you would like to subscribe to my Kitchen Chat blog and podcast, please click this link.  You will automatically be entered to win a copy of Shauna Niequist’s book Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes.

Once again, dear Pearl Girl, thank you for being a blessing in my life.

Savor the day!


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About Margaret McSweeney

Margaret McSweeney is a well-published author often writing online articles for Make It Better (the former North Shore Magazine) and freelance articles for the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. In addition, she has authored and compiled several books including A Mother’s Heart Knows; Go Back and Be Happy; Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace and most recently, Mother of Pearl.
Margaret McSweeney is well -published author (A Mother’s Heart Knows, Go Back and Be Happy, Pearl Girls, Mother of Pearl, Aftermath) and the founder of Pearl Girls™. Through Pearl Girls™, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs.


  1. Connie Saunders says:

    First oddball, may I wish you the very best in the next season of your life. I am sad that I just discovered your blog last week but so happy that I can’t go back in the archives. I pray that you will remain healthy and I am getting ready to sign up for your new cooking blog. Prayers and best wishes!!

  2. Connie Saunders says:

    Please forgive me, this is why I HATE auto correct! I meant to say First of all! Should have previewed first. Happy Morher’s Day!

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