the perspective project

I had been feeling these last few weeks that my kids……as much as i love them to pieces….

were starting to act a bit greedy….and their behavior was getting to me.

So i sat down with Bryan…and we hatched this little plan of taking a day….when the focus…

the perspective….was not on them….but on others.

I wanted my kids to experience something that would stay with them forever.
I bought a pack of sticky notes when i was out shopping a few weeks ago…brought them home…

and sat down with the kids…asking them to write what they would like….knowing that they would

be handing these little notes out to complete strangers.

Then….i decided…why not tie on a dollar bill to them….and make the focus….the perspective…

on people that were in need.

I realize…that just one dollar won’t make a huge difference….but to me…it meant that we could

make a small impact on what really mattered…and that was making someone …the recipient….

maybe smile…..on a day that was really tough on them.

We got on the train this morning…and made it to downtown Chicago…where we met up with Bryan.

The kids placed the notes on parking meters….

We left a note at our table after we had lunch….

We handed notes out to anyone that looked a little down…

or had a cup in their hand…

..or just needed a smile.

The kids received oodles and oodles of smiles from people…

and that my friends….

did more for us in one day….then i could ever explain.

It filled our hearts…..with the exact thing that was missing…and that was Perspective.

My family and i are so blessed….so by us taking just one single day out of our lives…

to walk around the cold streets of Chicago…

and lifting the spirits of some down on their luck people…

is really….

what perspective is all about.


  1. You have just made my list of inspiration.

  2. You are special Kasey!! Hoping you had a wonderful Christmas! The lessons you are teaching are going to make your kiddos great and amazing big people 🙂 Thats are job as parents and even though we cant change the world we can make it a little better. Thanks for the inspiration and have a lovely holiday with your family!! Smiles, Jackie

  3. I hope you don’t mind..I don’t know if I needed permission..(I am a food blogger:) ) but I put a link to you here for people to be I was.This post really warmed my heart.. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.Your kids are adorable.. and so are you.

  4. you have made my day…

  5. The world needs more moms like you, very inspiring, thoughtful. The world revolves around love rather than any individual. Bless you and your family. I, too, put a link to this post on my Facebook status hoping to inspire my friends and family.

  6. Shirley@kokken69 says:

    Hello, I came over from a link from Monique’s blog. This is so touching. I am truly inspired!

  7. simply amazing kasey!

  8. What a wonderful post. You have given your children a great gift.

  9. Oh Kasey, that just made me cry. What an amazing idea and experience for you and your family. Thanks for sharing – both on here and with the people of Chicago. You are great.

  10. I am so glad that I found you through my friend Monique…
    I love this…you warmed my heart today!
    You inspired me for sure!
    Have a happy and healthy New Year!

  11. A beautiful and touching thing you have done, not only for the people of your dear city, but for your children. They are learing kindness and compassion and those are gifts that far outweigh whatever material gifts they may have received this year. And I bet a couple years from now they may have forgotten what Santa brought them this particular year but they will remember, indeed, the gifts they gave…

  12. What a heart warming post and what a wonderful idea and to involve your children. I bet this will be a new and wonderful tradition. Monique at La Table de Nana sent me over. I am so glad I visited.

  13. I too saw this post on Nana’s site.

    best. blog post. ever.

  14. inspired and encouraged. thank you for sharing. i think the world should have more people like this….starting with my family too.

  15. Another visit from Monique’s blog. You are a true inspiration! The smiles on everyone’s face is priceless!

  16. This is soooo sweet! Such a great thing to instill in your children! Way to go momma!

  17. This brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful idea. I will be doing this with my daughter soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Blessings to you and your family.

  19. Wow! What one act of kindness can do is truly amazing. You have taught your children and the world a valuable lesson.
    Thank you.

  20. I LOVE IT!!! And I LOVE the pics of the people that you got 🙂 What a blessing.

  21. That is hands down the coolest thing, really makes me think! Thanks so much for sharing! Sue

  22. Love it! I am always trying to think of ways to make my kids understand how fortunate that are and that a little bit {like a one dollar bill and a happy note} can really go a LONG way for someone in need. You Rock! Xo Michelle

  23. How touching your actions are in this post. I love it. So inspired! I was smiling, too, just reading it. I’m sure your children will remember that day for a very long time! Happy Holidays!

  24. lovely! They will remember that for many years to come–the real meaning of empathy and giving to others–what a rich lesson they will have from this. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

  25. I think I’m going to cry. Wow, am I lucky to have you as a friend.

  26. I am moved beyond words. I realize I am the hundred and something’th commenter, so I know I don’t stand alone. But I had to comment. I had to tell you that your lesson for your children with their hand-writing is a lesson for all. Thank you for it.

  27. Trish Rowley says:

    Hi Kasey, I found your Blog via Nannas site. As someone who works with people in need I just had to tell you that you have done a great thing not only have you put a smile on some beautiful faces you have also planted a seed in the Hearts of your children and who knows where that will take them in life. You are such a wonderful Mother who teaches the most beautiful values. praise God for you Kasey I wish that more people had your empathy for others this world would be a much better place, may 2011 shine brightley for you and your family.

  28. Love this! You guys are fabulous!

  29. Joli Sumoski says:


    Happy NY and WOW – what you did with your people was simply beautiful! Way to go Mama!


  30. Wow. This is amazing. Don’t just talk about it—BE ABOUT IT! You are an amazing parent. You just instilled something magnificent and wonderful in the hearts and lives of your children. I am touched and inspired. Thank you, Kasey!


  31. What a great example you set for your kids! Love the idea and the photos are priceless. Happy New Year to you and your family and thanks for making a few people smile because you did make a difference to them!

  32. Your Mother-in-Law is a good friend of my Mom’s. She passed your blog along to me…and i have done the same to many friends!

    I LOVE this project. I love the way that you are teaching your children to love “the least of these” and show kindness to people they don’t already love. What a great example you are teaching them!

    Looking forward to reading more!
    Lauren Sheehan

  33. This is a lovely thing to do!

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