310. Kensley Jade

Today is the UN-birthday of Kensley Jade Melchior.  Her real birthday was on June 29th but her addle-pated great-great aunt Octo-woman mislaid it. Somehow, Kensley Jade forged ahead and managed to celebrate the big day anyway.  

On June 29th, this little beauty was one year old, and she was the leading lady for one of the bashes which only the Fitzpatricks can engineer.

Kensley is my great-great niece.  Her mom is Meghan Melchior who’s the daughter of my niece Rene’ and Dan Melchior.

My great niece Meghan Melchior wrote:

Kensley’s first birthday bash was so much fun. She really enjoyed herself and, yes, she knew about everything that was going on. She for sure knew that this day was meant for her. 

She was surrounded by friends and family that love and adore her. We had her party out on a pumpkin patch farm that has lots of fun activities. Her favorites were riding the pony and feeding the ducks. The most exciting part for her was seeing her cake. The expression on her face was priceless.



Kensley was scheduled to arrive for us on July the 1st of 2010. She wasn’t having any of that though. She wanted to schedule her own arrival and decided while mommy was grocery shopping would be a lovely time. We went into the hospital the evening of June the 28th and she was born early in the morning on the 29th. 

She was a tiny petite baby compared to her 9 pound brothers. She weighed 7 pounds and was 20 inches long. At one-year-old she is still at only 15 pounds. She seemed like the tiniest, most precious thing I have ever held. Her daddy and I never wanted to put her down. Her nickname came from her daddy right away and so far has stuck with her. Her name is Kensley Jade and her family and friends all call her Jada.

Bringing her home to her brothers was emotional for both her daddy and me. Seeing them together and how sweet they were with her was too much for us to take in. I’ll never be able to put into words the feeling of warmth it gave me. It was similar to that feeling you have after eating that yummy Thanksgiving dinner. Just fulfillment, completeness and warmth.

Here’s a photo of Kensley with three more generations: her great-grandmother Joan Fitzpatrick, grandmother Rene’ Melchior, and mother Meghan Melchior.

She gets along with her brothers and little aunts and uncle very well. Everyone wants Kensley time, but there just isn’t enough of her to go around. She has her uncles Joshua, Dylan and Ian and also soon to be Auntie Andrea wrapped around her little finger. Her NayNay (Rene’) adores her and loves to get some time with her. I think her most favorite person right now would have to be her story-telling, song-singing, silly face-making, jungle gym-acting, loving-me-like-like-nobody-else PaPa!!

Kensley has done everything early just to prove everybody wrong. She started crawling at 4 months, pulling up and cruising at 8 months and was walking at 10 months. Her big day for walking was Mothers Day!! We were all very excited and proud of her. She is a very smart little girl!! This may sound corny but her favorite thing to is watch Your Baby Can Read. She knows and recognizes a lot of words from her videos.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know our little angel through this blob. Wish you could meet her in person. She is a Fitzpatrick\Gorman sweetheart no doubt about it!!

And thanks to Meghan for treating us to this little biography.  

Happy belated birthday, Kensley!

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4 Responses to 310. Kensley Jade

  1. Mary says:

    I love your writing, and all the great pics. You are an inspiration. I hope I am still “blobbing” strong when I reach your age (in a few years).

  2. Gretchen Covey says:


    I want to meet you! You are so blessed. God has given you an incredible family to love and nurture you. I can see that you fill them with love and joy as well.

    I can’t wait to meet you. I love your whole family!

    Love, Auntie Gretchen

  3. NayRay says:

    what a perfect blog : )

  4. Chris and Mark says:

    Kensley, you are a beauty!

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