1349 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

Friday, July 1, 2016

Meet the Brauds

Spring Panorama Vacation Rental St Michael Cottage in Chattanooga

We would like to introduce you to our family.  Our children grew up in our home on five acres, which now includes the St. Francis Cottage property.  We spent many years as a family enjoying our children, pets and the pasture that is now the B&B.  (Our miniature donkeys Meli and Margeaux now live with a nice family on 17 acres in North Georgia.)

Vacation Rental St Michael Cottage Chattanooga Back Yard in the Spring

St Michael Cottage backyard looking toward St Francis Cottage in Chattanooga

Wallace was born at Ft. Belvoir in Virginia and grew up in Central Texas, and Nancy grew up in Port Clinton, Ohio on Lake Erie.  We met in Houston, Texas in the 1970’s at Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal), were married there in 1979, and we are both graduates of The University of Houston.  

Wallace and Nancy Braud shooting promo film for Habitat for Humanity in Peru
Wallace and Nancy on Location in Peru,
filming for Habitat in 1983.

In 1981, we moved to Atlanta, Georgia where Wallace worked as a producer for the Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation.  While producing a segment for the Foundation, Wallace met Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity International, who invited us to visit Habitat’s international headquarters in Americus, Georgia.  In 1982, we moved to Americus, and Wallace became Habitat’s first Media Director while Nancy worked as a paralegal in Millard’s law firm.  

Our daughter, Hannah, being held by Rosalyn Carter at
Lower East Side, NYC, Habitat Celebration, 1985.

Both our children were born in Americus, and in 1987, we moved to Chattanooga, TN where we made our home, worked and raised Hannah and Michael.
 Early years in Chattanooga.

Since moving to Chattanooga Wallace has worked continually in media production both for a number of independent production companies and since 1999, predominantly as a freelance producer, director of photography and editor.
Enjoying a truly Nicaraguan meal together, 2005.

Once our children were in elementary school, Nancy returned to work and has worked as a commercial real estate paralegal for the past 23 years at various law firms and national retail developers, both in Chattanooga and Atlanta, where we owned a house until 2014.  Nancy continues to enjoy her work as a Senior Real Estate Paralegal at The Hutton Company in Chattanooga.

Michael and Hannah Braud in Nicaragua as crew for promo film for Young Life Nicaragua
Working on documentary in Nicaragua for Young Life, 2005.

Our son Michael is a 2016 graduate in History and Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, and he currently lives and works in San Francisco while studying for the LSAT and preparing to apply to law schools.  While at Berkeley, Michael participated in a number of public service projects and events revolving around community development, voting rights and social action.

Michael at A-Town Stomp, 2016, in Atlanta. Photo by Corey Oringderff
Michael at A-Town Stomp, 2016,
in Atlanta. Photo by Corey Oringderff

Michael has had an adventurous life as a professional stunt rollerblader (“Gumby” is his nickname), and we’ve enjoyed meeting and hosting his many blader friends from all over the country over the past 15 years.  His loyal network of friends are extremely daring, interesting and intelligent, to say the least!

Before moving to California to pursue his education at Berkeley, Michael lived in Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida where he competed in many skating competitions while working in construction and as a bartender in the food service industry. 

Our daughter Hannah married a wonderful young man, Philip Cavey, and they live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where Phil grew up.  

Cavey family atop Lookout Mountain, in Georgia, near Chattanooga
Atop Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga

Phil is a graduate of Capernwray Harbour Bible School and the University of Manitoba (’04 – Accounting) and is now a CPA ('07) and partner with MNP.  He is also an avid runner and thoroughly involved in his church and community.  

Hannah graduated from the University of Richmond (’06 – Music Performance) and the University of Manitoba (’09-Education).  

She is a stay-at-home mom to our precious granddaughters Grace Georgia ('09) and Amelia Bridgett ('11).  Phil and Hannah are also foster parents.  Hannah is the Manitoba spokesperson for International Justice Mission, founded and directs PDGC, an inner-city Gospel choir for girls, and leads worship at their church.  Grace and Milly attend the public French immersion school near their home, and are following in their parents' footsteps in singing, sports, dance and the arts.  Busy young ladies!

Philip and Hannah Cavey enjoying ice cream while in the Florida Keys.
 Ice Cream in The Keys.
Wallace and Nancy Braud escorting Grace to first day of kindergarten in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  Grammy & Beeps escorting Grace to 1st Day of Kindergarten.

Wallace and Nancy Braud with grandchildren for Christmas in Chattanooga
Christmas 2015 in Chattanooga
Beeps, Amelia, Grace & Grammy

We met our “unofficial” daughter, Susan Loraine Anderson, ten years ago, and we are honored that she’s a part of our family.

Susan Loraine Anderson
with her Best Actress award!
Susan attended Georgia Military College as a Biology Major and has lived in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  She currently resides in Atlanta and works as a bartender in trendy Buckhead restaurants where Susan creates and incorporates herbs, fruits, spices and other fresh ingredients into their famous specialty cocktails. Susan is also an accomplished artist and talented actress, and in 2015 she won Best Actress for her lead role in #30, a short film entered in the 48-hour Atlanta Film Festival.  In 2016, she had a lead role in Teenage Wine Snobs 2: College, a short film by Atlanta filmmaker Jamie Olmstead. Our granddaughters Grace and Amelia affectionately know and love her as “Auntie Suzie.”

You can see the short film, #30, here.

The Big Catch in Florida with Nancy & Hannah.
Auntie Suzie with Amelia & Grace in Atlanta

Some of our "other" children, past and present.

Meli and Margeaux, miniature donkeys owned by Wallace and Nancy Braud
Meli & Margeaux

Mr Speckles "guarding" the baby chicks of Wallace and Nancy Braud
Mr. Speckles

New flock of chickens for Wallace and Nancy Braud
Some of our chickens
Maggie doing what she does best at home of Wallace and Nancy Braud
Priscilla and Mr Speckles having a chat at mini-farm of Wallace and Nancy Braud
Priscilla (May she rest in Peace)

Lucy, Gifty, and Snowflake feast on kudzu, a local delicacy, at mini-farm of Wallace and Nancy Braud
Lucy, Gifty, Snowflake

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