Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Supporting Lauren

This week friends of the Fisher family are wearing red in honour of my nephew, Elijah Rainbow Fisher. 

I have received so many emails from friends and strangers asking how to help. One practical way is to donate money in a paypal account: elijahrainbowfund@gmail.com which will help Lauren pay for upcoming funeral costs.

Please continue to uphold Lauren's family in your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Courier Mail article

TINY Elijah Rainbow Fisher was the baby boy his parents had been waiting for. 
But his short life ended on Saturday night when, police allege, his father David Fisher walked 1km from the family home at Eagleby, pushing his son in a pram, before falling from a pedestrian bridge at the Logan River Parklands with Elijah in his arms.

His father surfaced, but seven-month-old Elijah was lost in the swirling water.

Police will allege Fisher walked back to his home to tell the boy's mother, Lauren Fisher, and Elijah's four older sisters what had happened.

"Elijah's drowned. Elijah's gone," he allegedly told her.

Mrs Fisher made frantic phone calls to her mother in Western Australia, to emergency services and then raced down to the Logan River to search for her lost little boy.

Family members told The Courier-Mail her husband had been "wailing and screaming" in the background when the calls were made, around 6.47pm.

Just more than an hour later, Mrs Fisher posted a heart-rending online farewell: "I was so blessed to meet Elijah Rainbow. 26.11.11 - 23.06.12. I love you, little one. Go with God," she tweeted.

David Fisher, 38, was charged with murder around midnight on Saturday after being interviewed by detectives from Logan CIB.

He was kept in the watchhouse on the weekend and is due to front Beenleigh Magistrates Court this morning.

Water police found Elijah's body yesterday morning on a scrubby bank of the Logan River, roughly 1.5km downstream of the bridge his father allegedly fell from.

Family, friends and neighbours were shocked yesterday, saying the free-living, bohemian life led by the family had been shattered.

Elijah's grandfather, Victor Bissett, said the boy was "the precious son that they'd been waiting for so long".

"He was an active little child, very much loved by his sisters, no problems at all and advanced in many respects in terms of his development," he said.

Grieving family members - including Elijah's other aunt in Hong Kong - were struggling to make sense of the events surrounding the tragedy, Mr Bissett said. "I'm just as overwhelmed as anybody," he said. "We're all trying to come to understand it."

He said Mrs Fisher, just before running out to search frantically for her lost son, made a chilling phone call to her mother Stephanie, telling her: "Elijah has drowned. I need you to come up now."

Both Elijah's parents had strong religious upbringings, but in their adult lives had sought to "unchurch".

They had been together for about 13 years, and followed an alternative lifestyle where they home-schooled their children, had a vegan diet and travelled across Australia and New Zealand on a truck they lived out of for weeks at a time.

Their nomadic lifestyle was funded by renting out their home and a carpet-laying business.

Mrs Fisher, a one-time website designer for the Crime and Misconduct Commission, blogged prolifically on parenthood, her marriage and her family's trials and tribulations via a website.

She talks about seeing Elijah in a vision when she was 19, and being certain her fifth child would be a boy.

"We're a nomadic family with five kids, currently travelling in Australia, re-thinking everything and living free," the webpage says.

Mrs Fisher spent part of her youth in West Africa, in Niger and the Ivory Coast where her mother and father, Christian missionaries, ran an evangelical publishing business.

The family had returned to their home on Eagle Drive less than a fortnight ago from a stay in New Zealand.

They returned periodically to live in the large shed at the rear of the property after leasing out the main house to another family.

Mr Bissett said Lauren, his youngest daughter, was a "very level-headed" woman.

In prolific online posts, she portrays her husband as a devoted family man.

"So thankful for David who manages the kids 100% except for feeding the baby," she wrote on Twitter two months after Elijah's birth.

Only three weeks ago, she wrote: "A week in the bush without internet or electricity (but with babysitting and firebaths!) has been wonderful for our relationship!"

Elijah was born without a doctor or midwife in attendance at a "Rainbow Gathering" on a property near Singleton, northern NSW, on November 26.

Neighbours said the family was very happy.
"I used to talk to them over the fence," one neighbour said. "He used to tell me if I needed a hand with anything, he'd be happy to help. The children were just so lovely, always playing in the backyard."

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Elijah Rainbow Fisher 26/11/11 - 23/06/12

Photo of my sister Lauren with Elijah

Water You turned into wine. Opened the eyes of the blind. There's no one like You. None like You. Into the darkness You shine. Out of the ashes we rise. There's no one like You. None like You.

Our God is greater, our God is stronger. God, You are higher than any other. Our God is Healer, awesome and power, Our God, Our God.

Into the darkness you shine. Out of the ashes we rise. There's no One like You. None like You.

Our God is greater, our God is stronger. God, You are higher than any other. Our God is Healer, awesome and power, Our God, Our God.

And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what can stand against? And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what can stand against? What can stand against?

Our God is greater, our God is stronger. God You are higher than any other. Our God is Healer, awesome and power, Our God, Our God.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dragonboat Festival


Today we stood on the promenade at Tai Po Waterfront Park and watched two heats of the Dragon Boat Race which has an estimated 30,000 active paddlers at various locations throughout Hong Kong. Despite being a major annual event in Tai Po District, it was our first time observing this popular sport.

In researching the Dragon Boat Festival for this post, I learned that in Chinese history a famous poet and politician Qu Yuan drowned himself in protest against government corruption. Some loyal villagers then paddled out in boats to try to save his body. They loudly banged drums to prevent the fish from eating Qu's body and lured the fish with rice dumplings which they threw in the water. The boats, the drums, and the rice dumplings have become crucial elements that remain part of the dragon boat festival to this day.

We have no idea what the commentator was shouting in Chinese or even which teams won the two races we observed, but we certainly enjoyed the excitement of attending this cultural event.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Have you ever seen...?

...a video game to play in the back of a taxi?

Monday, June 18, 2012


Yesterday was another highly anticipated day for Jemilla as I took her to see the musical Annie. We were familiar with the plot and knew most of the songs from the movie, so it was even more fun for us as we sang along (quietly) in our seats. The actors were all superb; even Sandy the Dog put in a few appearances! However, I think the stage backdrops impressed me the most.

We were especially excited to watch the sister of Jemilla's friend Michael, Jocelyn, playing a role of one of the orphans. Jemilla posed with Michael and Jocelyn for a photo after the play.

Another actor, Audrey Leybourne,  happened to pass by, so Jemilla bravely asked her to sign the Annie program too.

Daddy Warbucks, played by David McAlister, kindly signed Jemilla's program as well. She was quite pleased with herself for getting several autographs!

I feel thankful to have been living in Hong Kong at this time, so Jemilla and I had the opportunities to attend both Disney on Ice and Annie together.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy [American] Father's Day

Although Australia celebrates Father's Day in September, there were a few signs here and there in Hong Kong proclaiming that we should make a fuss of Craig today. Hey, any excuse for a nice restaurant meal! The choice for the day was Amaroni's in Kowloon Tong. Yum!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Science Museum

Jemilla spent the day with some friends yesterday, so the rest of us took advantage of the first week of school holidays to visit the Hong Kong Science Museum. It reminded us a bit of Sci-Tech in Perth, and we loved all the hands-on exhibits. Best of all, because it was Wednesday it was free admission!