At the early age of 19 Sarah married the love of her life, David Mcadoo. During this time she attended college at Atlanta College of Arts. Sarah has always enjoyed the arts and has been blessed with the gift of painting and writing.
In 1990 her husband started a business. He was an engineer and designed autoclaves. (A sealable high-pressure container used for polymerisation and in tire production.) Sarah’s husband wanted her full support to help with the business so she willfully obliged to be supportive of her husband in building the business and dropped out of school.
The business took off and David built a large customer base. Life was pretty well for the Mcadoo’s. They purchased a new home, a 42 acre farm in Jasper, Georgia. They had two beautiful daughters together and Sarah eventually became a stay at home mom.
But in May of 2006 tragedy struck. David was on a small aircraft which crashed and killed him leaving Sarah not only devastated, but alone to raise two children. This is where her story begins.
After receiving her life insurance from her husband’s passing. She used the money selflessly not for her own needs, but to save her employees. She fought hard to keep the company together. Although she did not run the company, or had no college degree she did have some knowledge on the company from working as David’s administrative assistant. Sarah fought hard as she could to keep the business alive.
Customers began ordering less and less. In the fight for her survival Sarah began looking through her husband’s notes and any information she could find on the autoclaves. She carefully studied and reviewed David’s work and came up with an idea that could potentially save her company and support her and her children.
Sarah took her idea to where her husband attended school, spoke with the Dean and posed her idea. The Dean thought she was on to something and they believed it could work! So with the help of the Dean and senior students she developed a prototype that she believed was a product that not only would work but was a Green Energy product that would be good for the environment.
With the balance of her savings Sarah filed for a patent and contacted several companies. Her goal was to conduct presentations at board meetings which she indeed did accomplish and to land a deal with her product.
Unfortunately, Sarah had to learn the hard way that in business people can be vicious, especially in a male dominated industry! Not only did they not honor her non-disclosure agreement that they signed, but they found it quite impossible that a WOMAN with no college degree, no background in engineering could possibly come up with such an idea. “We pay plenty of money to engineers and none of them thought of that,” is basically what one executive told her.
Her last shot was with another company which they too would have been willing to “ENTERTAIN ONLY” under a 10 yr agreement and not take Sarah seriously nor give her the respect she rightfully deserved. Despite the trouble she went through to make it to this important meeting by having her car break down, she made it only to have slapped in the face! Sarah didn’t accept such an offer and walked out.
During this entire time of facing hard executives in the industry she developed courage and endurance which is how she created the painting of the little boy. The little boy in the painting is the character of who she had become in order stand up and to fight for what she wanted. Hope is all that Sarah had to face people with power and influence. She faced many obstacles, developed courage, and her integrity and faith was tested. Her artwork became her expression of hope along with the children’s stories she created.
My vision has always been for “Hope”. Hope is by the very definition of the word an inspiration for something better than what we have for ourselves and others in our current conditions. To put our energies of each day towards reaching for a more successful tomorrow, but not only in thinking of our own wants and needs, but also hope for others… in our family, our friends, our community, and however far reaching as our hope may spread out towards the future. In my works of my invention, my art, my stories, in the simplest of tasks of waiting tables with a smile, and of course, my children, I have striven to breathe the life of “Hope” into all that I touch. God willing- this Vision will serve with the strength, courage, faith, and love, in which I have put into it.
“The Chronicles of Hope” a collection of magical stories that open the heart and mind of both reader and listener, adult and child, to connect with a hope inside of themselves. I believe that everyone has hope in them somewhere.
The Jade Pen of Heed
Where the Dragonflies meet
The Steadfast Robe
The Looking Glass of Hope
The Talking Wheat of Light
The Fisherman’s Daughter
The Book of Able
The Search for Hope
The Master’s Reflecting Mirror
The Secret of the Keys
Sarah continues to work on her patent for her work, but in the mean time she continues to do what she must do to make ends meet to support her family. Sarah says, “His machine was ahead of its time and still holds the fasts heat up time in the industry, the only revolutionary invention to be faster than what David has created is what I have created for my children and I, my invention! I believe very much that David was with me in giving me this invention and inspiring me.