Andrea Bastin: friend of the bride, Sunshine House roommate. Andrea's friendship has been a God-send and a blessing. She brings spunk, vitality and spice to life & to their friendship. Andrea and Jessica are known to spend hours waxing theological, break into spontaneous dance, drink a bottle of wine or empty a pot of coffee. When these two combine forces with the next bridesmaid, quotable quotes abound!
Tim Kiesling: Tim is Dan’s oldest brother. Tim has been there for Dan from showing him how to throw a baseball to helping him move home from Maine. There’s a lot to be said about an influence a big brother has on his younger brothers and Tim has had that influence. Tim has always been one of Dan's biggest supporters when he takes on new adventures in life. Tim always calls with scoring updates & what they can do to improve during Spartan games and inquires how the judging team did at their last contest. Tim has taught me to enjoy life and not take for granted the days that are given us.
Brian Kiesling: Brian is Dan’s other older brother. All the things I can say about Tim, I can say about Brian. We’ve spent many early mornings at weight lifting practice before school and many summer evenings walking steers together. Brian has had a great influence on my life as well. I’m always excited to hear from Brian when he tells me how his kids are doing or how things with the Perry FFA Chapter are doing.
All three of us boys are mostly responsible for Dad’s gray hairs over the years. Whether it was playing whiffle ball at point blank range in front of the house, driving Karen crazy when she babysat us or spending countless winter days ice skating at Marr’s pond, the memories we’ve made over the years are something that I will always cherish. I know we have many more to make and I appreciate that I can come to them whenever I need help.
Ryan Sweeney: Ryan and I got to be friends in FFA and that friendship has grown since. Whether he was in Montana, Oklahoma or now Kansas and I was in Maine, Iowa or now Arizona; we can talk and not miss a beat- just like we were back at MSU sitting in class or drinking a beer at the Bullpen. I’ve always appreciated Ryan being like another big brother to me- and finally a big brother who can’t beat me up!
Todd Wolff: Todd and I got to be friends in college and lived together for a year. We threw some pretty good parties! Over the years, we’ve stayed in touch and traveled all across the Midwest going to sheep shows and looking for the champion lamb. Todd now lives in Iowa and just as he moved there, I moved to Arizona (no coincidence!), which is too bad, because it would have been a lot of fun to have him and his wife Katie so close. However, we still stay in touch and he has been a great friend I hope I have returned the favor.
Jon Hohenstein: The first time I met J-Ho was in 4th grade basketball. He was guarding me or I him, I can’t remember, and I fell and he laughed at me! Well, it got better after that. He still laughs at me, but I bring it on myself. Through school, we were teammates, I would teach about farming and his mom would feed me dinners before games. Jon threatened our relationship by going to the University of Michigan. However, we patched things up and he is still a friend. Someone once said it’s important to keep friends who knew you when you were young, I’m not sure why, but I am glad that I can still count on Jon as one of my close friends.
Brenna Kiesling: Dan's niece (daughter of Brian). Brenna is the only Kiesling granddaughter (thus far) and older sister. She loves all things "princess" right now, so she and Jessica enjoy playing with her princess make-up.
Zachary Bautista: Jessica's "nephew" (son of Amy). Zach loves sports and plans one day to be a "kicker in the Big Ten!" I'm pretty sure he doesn't mean the Spartans, either. Maybe we'll be able to convince him which Big Ten team to play for after the wedding!