Laura Evacuation and the Gift of a Grant for a Horse Trailer!

Just to share a little bit of our journey the past week (9/2020) when Laura was on a “unknown” path….and to give light to all of those who are helping to make miracles come true in life and who are proving there is more good and love and light than anything else in this world. I’ve had an evacuation plan for the herd since we moved to our space on the coast in Seabrook, TX. But it was a bit hodgepodge and pieced together. From having to drive to the College Station area to borrow my uncles trailer to making a couple trips to get horses to his land and goats and dogs to their evacuation location in La Porte. 

Well, as life would have it, a beautiful soul and I reconnected about a week before Laura became a “thing” and asked if I could rescue her goats. She came out to see my spread because I said to rescue any more goats we needed a dog shed to free up space in goat sheds. So Laure Baldwin came out with her partner Tom and they came up with a plan to help us make more space to rescue a couple more goats. I was already thinking that was very generous of them to offer and we left with a plan. Well then Laura comes into the gulf and before she even got past Cuba Laurie was texting me saying she had a local place in Pearland we could bring the horses to….way better than driving them 3 hours in the heat. Then she said she had a trailer we could borrow, but she knew we had 4 horses and hers could only haul 3. So she does another miraculous thing and asks a friend if he can come get my herd in his rig and haul us to her place so we can feel safe in case the storm heads our way. The person she connects me with comes and gets all 4 of the horses and helps us load them (not a easy task when for some of the horses it was only maybe their 2nd time in a trailer and Sam is barely halter broke) and drives us to Laurie’s place in Pearland. 

Then Laurie says we can borrow her trailer to get the goats and dogs to their evacuation home in La Porte (another Angel by the name of Suzanne Bass who has always offered to let our goats and dogs come evacuate to her place) which is such a gift because again it saved us a trip and back to borrow the trailer we usually have on hand if needed. So all of this falls into place within a couple hours and it all just flowed perfectly with so many synchronicities that I knew it was what we were meant to do. Regardless if Laura came through to us or not, the point that came across to me is when you need to be taken care of, life will always have the perfect fit and it may not always look like what we have a “plan” for. And we learned a lot from this evacuation. Mostly exactly what kind of trailer we need that will fit our herd best (which is not the one I was leaning towards). And …oh! Laurie just happens to tell me when we’re evacuating Monday that she knows of a grant we can apply for that could help us get our trailer!

So amongst the chaos and uncertainty in why things are unfolding as they are is the beauty in that it is always unfolding perfectly. And if we can flow with Life it will always flow with us. Words do not express the love and gratitude in my heart for everyone to selflessly put their needs aside to care for our herd. From volunteers who came to check on things when I couldn’t be there who were also doing their own evacuation prep to those who took our fur babies in and cared for them as if they were their own. I am BLOWN AWAY at everyone’s HUGE HEARTS in all of this.

Even though I had to let go and just trust, and be braver than I wanted to be (and the herd did too when loading in trailers and going somewhere new) and trust the care of the herd to others, it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life because I got to see just how truly phenomenal the human race is. Strangers coming to help us when they had no idea who we were and giving selflessly of their time and resources.

I was humbled that day and still am as that was a experience that will never leave me. A lot was gained and a lot was learned and I was also reminded that if it’s meant to be, it will be. It’s just that easy. We have the choice to surrender and go along or not. Thank you for sharing in our journey with us. We are grateful to be back and sharing our love with the world. We know you will find miracles too in each moment as they are always there. 💜💜💜

Here is an awesome picture of one of our Angels, Laurie Baldwin (who…on a funny note…used to be the owner of Red Dunn Ranch, which is where I went to volunteer when I first began on my journey of healing through horses back in 2006!! Crazy how life  circles us back around!) with Timber in the background. And one more of the herd enjoying Laurie’s place while on evacuation which was more like a Vacation for them with all of the beautiful grass. 😜Thank you again Laurie (and to all of the others) for all that you selflessly and so thoughtfully did for us. We are paying all of this love forward and we’ve got A Lot of Love to give. 😍

AND an update since I wrote this post….we received a grant from Houston Jewish Community Foundation that will allow us to purchase a trailer for our herd! WOOOOHOOO!!!

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

We are paying it forward.

Our Journey in Obtaining Land

From the first moments I can remember of my life, they were a part of it.

From the beginning, they were with me.  What am I referring to, you may ask?  Animals.

And Nature.

Many people have a dog growing up and I had many. And, I was also fortunate to have had rabbits, pigs, goats, horses and more!  My love and appreciation for animals and being outdoors in nature just kept growing and growing as I grew.  So, it doesn’t surprise me that I’ve circled back to them in my life’s journey… It is this love, this passion of mine that inspires me to move forward with my dreams and destiny and propels me to share my story and my cause.  I was born to do this and now is the time and you can be an instrumental part in helping with our mission at 16 Hands of Love. Our mission serves a very important and pivotal time in the worlds history.

I am Angela Hoover and the Founder of 16 Hands of Love.  In 2014 I founded 16 Hands of Love (which was officially incorporated into a 501(c)(3) in 2016) out of my desire to serve our world in a different way from what I had been doing professionally at the time: teaching first grade in the public school system.

I began experiencing anxiety and depression when I began spending more time indoors with my job and less time being outside.  A huge part of me was dying each day.  Finally, I surrendered and asked Life to show me how I could better serve the children and their families….So began my journey in founding 16 Hands of Love.  I began listening to my heart again and following those gentle nudges.  For me, it was spending more unstructured time outdoors and with animals. So I began rescuing animals and giving them a forever home.   I began offering my rescued animals love of life to children and their families and to individuals of all walks in life. It has grown and grown since 2014 and now we are at a pivotal time in our journey.  We are going to obtain our own land to build our forever home so that we can grow even more in our service to the community and in our endeavors.

We offer multiple services to our community… from private (donation based) healing sessions for individuals and families with our herd of rescued animals to community gatherings to supporting other local talents.  Many of our private sessions are with children healing from ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism and much more.  Most recently we have been contacted by Houston ISD as a consideration for their Wraparound program which would serve as an alternative learning program for their “at risk” children.  But, to be able to be considered, we need our forever home.  We also work with local Girl and Boy Scout troops and are currently in the process of being of service to a Girl Scout in her quest to earn her Silver Award.  We offer many volunteer opportunities for all who are interested.  Our bigger goals are to open an alternative Outdoor Organic Exploring & Learning School for children and families who need alternative learning options and to do this it is imperative that we obtain land so that we have full discretion in how to use and when to use it.  That is why we are asking for the community’s financial support.

For Phase I, we are asking for donations that will secure the purchase of 10 acres of land close to where we currently are located in Seabrook, TX.  We also need funding for building a barn, fencing, utilities and a parking lot. This has been estimated to cost $1.7 million.

Phase II is obtaining an additional 32 +/- acres (an estimated $8.3 million) attached to Phase I acreage which will give us more space to rescue more animals and to serve more individuals (marshlands make up part of the larger acreage so we can protect this important ecosystem as well).  We plan to preserve all land obtained through a land trust.  This preservation is greatly needed in our area to continue to provide a balance of untouched nature ecosystems and business / residential establishments.

Phase I and Phase II total an estimated $10 million to be donated.

You can donate through our website www.16handsoflove.org via the “Animal Rescue / Donation” tab.

Or donate via check made out to 16 Hands of Love and mailed to:

16 Hands of Love

Donations Address

5019 Louise Street

Seabrook, TX 77586

Or via PayPal using angela@16handsoflove.org

We ask that you please share our cause with others looking to make a difference at this pivotal time in our worlds evolvement and growth.

All donations are tax deductible.  Please visit our website for more information on our organization at www.16handsoflove.org. Or please make a trip to come out and visit us!

We invite you to come be a part of our journey and our mission to better the world.

16 Hands of Love’s Mission:

Through nature and rescued animals, 16 Hands of Love provides a heart-centered, connected & healing opportunity. This heart-centered approach offers those in attendance the ability to reconnect, find balance, and create peace within their lives, which in turn will ultimately allow us to be a part of bringing about more peace, love, compassion and harmony to our world.

From all of us to all of you, sending Gratitude and Love,

Angela & The Herd @ 16 Hands of Love

“The human spirit needs places where nature hasn’t been rearranged by man.”

Goats and Revelations

This is a picture of Parker…posing for his first blog post 🙂

Let’s start at the end and we’ll work our way to the beginning…

Last Friday I walked into the barn thinking it was just going to be a quick visit and immediately Parker (a beautiful, kind and intelligent boer goat) met me at the pasture gate and said “we are meant to go with you,” (when the barn owner sells the home that the goats have now) this kind of caught me off guard because I had already decided that asking my husband to take two extra horses with us when we move to our new place was asking enough and that the goats would be called somewhere else…. as much as I hated the idea of parting with them, that was the answer I received a few months back.

I immediately felt more eyes upon me when I turned from Parker to see the other goats surrounding me and agreeing. I took a deep breath, and somewhere in my heart must have known they were right and said, “Okay, I need you to give me an answer of how this will happen and how I can support you because supporting a new baby, two dogs and a horse on one income is enough…..there has to be another way.” So I reassured the goats that I heard them and that I would do anything I could to keep us all together as a family because I know that their part in the healings that occur at the barn are just as important as what the land and horses offer. I told them to show me a way.

I walked out into the pasture and sat under my favorite willow tree and just soaked it all in, the beautiful dragonflies floating by, the little baby turtle heads poking up from the top of the pond (one even being brave and sitting on the surf board aerator in the pond!), listened to the sounds of nature and suddenly it hit me!

Write a blog! Hold fundraisers! Let the world know what you’re doing, there are people out there who want to support what is in my heart and what we offer at 16 Hands of Love and I also knew in that instant that it was time to begin the process of starting  a non-profit organization based on what I was already offering so that I can reach those (children, adults, families) who truly need this but might not have the means at this time.

So here I am, stepping out, trusting and excited for the journey ahead!

My intent for this blog is to reach others who believe in what we are doing at 16 Hands of Love and want to help our world to become a more heart centered world, residing in peace and love while treating each other, nature and animals with equality.  I hope to be an inspiration and am looking for support…in all ways…volunteers, financially, etc…and the next step is raising money to help me rescue and provide a home (acreage, food, healthcare, a barn, etc.) to our current family of 10 goats, 3 horses, a barn cat (if she chooses to come along) and possibly a chicken or two so that I can continue to offer outdoor learning and healing events and sessions for children and adults through the use of animals and nature.  Along the way, I am sure I will rescue and want to be able to offer a “forever home” to other animals if they make it clear to me that they choose to be apart of what we offer at 16 Hands of Love.

Through these blogs, I will be sharing how I began on my journey, all of the amazing miracles that have occurred since I found and pursued my passion and individual stories of each of the animals at the barn that show how they have made a difference in our world.

I thank each and every one of you in advance who take the time to read my blog and those who support 16 Hands of Love in whatever way their heart feels called to do.

You can learn more by visiting our website at www.16HandsofLove.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/16handsoflove.  If you are interested in donating or volunteering, please contact me at Angela@16HandsofLove.org

You can donate via the “Animal Rescue / Donations” tab via our website, http://www.16handsoflove.org or via PayPal using email: Angela@16handsoflove.org or mail a check to our business address: 16 Hands of Love, 5019 Louise Street, Seabrook, TX 77586

Wishing you all well and sending peace and love!

Angela and the Herd at 16 Hands of Love