I devoted my spare minutes last week to finishing Elliott's elements box which we filled with meaning during his naming ritual. I decided to keep the original wood finish and not paint the entire thing. Instead I wanted it to have a softer look so I used very little paint and accentuated the images with black ink.
For each element I picked an animal: Bear for earth, Crow for air, Salmon for water and Snake for fire. And then on each side of the box I wrote out the elemental words.
I had this project on my to-do list for both January and February. It's nice to have it done. Kyan was very curious to see his own naming day elemental, which in his case is a round basket. I hope that the boys enjoy these when they are older regardless of what spiritual path they choose.