May 11th 2009 07:09 pm


Monica is in Glory and no more pain.  We will always love her.


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  1. pattybrunell on 11 May 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss Sol & Kai. My heart greives for you. I’m here for anything you need…now and in the future.

  2. wendideetz on 11 May 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    There are really no words that come to mind at this moment except to say that I love you and that I am so inspired at how each of you have held each other through this journey. Monica has demonstrated such courage, grace, endurance and love throughout this battle. I know how much all her family and friends have done to stand behind her through the fight. I hope your love for each other and the beautiful memories you’ve created throughout the years will sustain you through the hard times and that you will find peace & feel the love and support from all of us who love you so much. I am so, so sorry.

  3. raul on 11 May 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    We are always here to help. Call on us for anything. God be with you.

  4. RenaeHerbTolbert on 11 May 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    Herb and I will continue to pray for you and Kai. I truly have no words. I cannot tell you how much it has meant to be kept up to date hourly and daily. Thank you so much. In Him, Renae

  5. Lexee1 on 11 May 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    Oh, Sol & Kai I am so sorry for your loss. Please be assured that all of you will continue to be in my prayers and that you are loved, May the Lord wrap you in His arms and give you peace and strength.

    God Bless you,


  6. tminkk on 11 May 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    Sol, you don’t know me but I know your mom and Frank as I attended Northwest with them. I heard about this site from a prayer request via Denise Baronian. I have been following you, Kai and Monica for about 3 weeks now. I have been praying and have asked my friends to pray for you as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Kai at this time. I pray that the memories you have made and the love of Kai that will show you his mother will sustain you both through this time. As I’ve read your posts it has beome very apparent that you love Monica so much and have stood tall through all of this. My prayer is that you are surrounded with God’s love and the many wonderful people I’ve read about during this time. I will continue to pray for both of you from afar. God Bless and In His Name, Tina

  7. drumbeat97 on 11 May 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Our hearts are breaking at this moment for Sol & Kai. We know Monica is in a better heavenly place and in God’s arms. No one fought harder and had more faith in her God then Monica. It was a pleasure and an honor to call her our friend.

    Memories come to mind of her sitting in our front room on our computer putting together a slide show of her and Sol to show at their upcoming wedding at the time. What a happy soul. Sol was truly the luckiest man in the world to be married a girl like Monica. Their love was a gift and truly special and one of a kind. As tears run dowm my face I try to smile because our God is a glorious God.

    God bless Sol & Monica xoxoxoxo

  8. kathleen koh on 11 May 2009 at 7:37 pm #

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will all miss Monica and her generous heart. We want you to know that we care for you and Kai and want to help in any way we can.

  9. drumbeat97 on 11 May 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    Post # 4 is from the Valenzuela Family in Fresno.

  10. dances4god1969 on 11 May 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    Monica was such a blessing to our daughter Amanda in Jr. High at The Well. Her tender heart and dear spirit helped Amanda through a difficult time. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  11. lindalu on 11 May 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    For the Rodriguez and Lepper families,
    I am so very sorry for your loss, words can’t convey the feelings of my heart.
    I have been praying for Monica these many months, and will continue to lift
    you all in my prayers. Our God is a merciful and loving God.

    Linda Wolff

  12. alexandriadiaz on 11 May 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    my name is alexandria diaz
    i was a student of mrs. rodriguez in the 2005-06 school year.
    im am soooo very sorry for your loss little baby Kai and Mr Rodriguez.
    she was a wonderful and very caring women.
    she was one of my all time favorite teacher.
    i cant believe she is now gone.
    im honored to have had her as my english teacher in the 6th grade.
    i will keep baby Kai and Sol in my prayers
    im so glad though she is in better place and may now sleep in peace.
    she will forever be in my heart.

  13. manda on 11 May 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    sol and kai,
    i was a student from dexter when monica tought there. me and my friends were her last 6th grade class that she tought. she was an AMAZING teacher! she was so funny and ALWAYS happy. she was always my favorite teacher.
    one of my friends told me what happened and i just wanted to say how sorry i am because i understand how u feel. but u just need to remember all the good times and the memories that were made.
    if there’s anything i could do, let me know.

  14. chrysajohnwilliambaby on 11 May 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    Our prayers are with Monica on her new journey. She will always be with us now and we must remember that through these sorrowful days. I will miss her but she is with God and together they will watch over us all.

  15. chrisdecklund on 11 May 2009 at 8:38 pm #


    I’m so sorry brother. So glad Monica is relieved from her pain and struggles, but hurt for you and your son.

    I will certainly keep you lifted up in prayer and am so thankful you have our loving Savior to comfort you.

    Chris Ecklund

  16. Elizabeth on 11 May 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    Sol and Kai,

    The Lillian Ave prayer ladies in Paradise, CA will continue to pray for both of you and your families…

    Monica faught the good battle and is whole again with her Savior….you know she will always be with you.

    What a fine example of a true Christain husband and father you have shown to all who know you and have prayered for all of you world wide.

    May the Lord hold you both very close……..

  17. bdnp3827 on 11 May 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    May God’s loving arms wrap you tightly to His heart as you grieve the loss of a precious wife and mother. Monica has been a blessing and an inspiration to all during this process and I know will be greatly missed. I am blessed to have known her during her time in Ukraine and will hold those sweet memories of her dear!

    My prayers are with you Sol and sweet little Kai as you try to make sense of all that has happened in this senseless world.

  18. psbrown on 11 May 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    My family and I will keep you in prayer as you go through this hard time of loss. Praise God that precious Monica has gone into eternity with our Lord. We will see her again. May God give you peace and comfort.

  19. michela ward on 11 May 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    Forever changed. That’s all that keeps coming to my mind. Sol and Monica, the touch of your lives onto mine and so many (worldwide!) leaves us all forever changed… by your fight, your love, your determination, your love for each other, we’re all forever changed by your drive for God’s glory to be shown through this. It reminds me of an old church hymn we sang growing up…”How can I say thanks, for the things you have done for me, things so undeserved, yet you give to prove your love to me; the voices of a million angels cannot express my gratitude.. all that I am and ever hope to be, I owe it all to thee…to God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he has done…

  20. dhowell on 12 May 2009 at 4:30 am #

    The Lord awakened me many times last night with thoughts of Monica, you and your entire family. While we are all devastated for you and your family, we rejoice that we have a HOPE and a FUTURE. Thank you to ALL of you for fighting the good fight. Never once did I hear you question “why me”? May God be glorified and may people come to the saving knowledge of Christ because of your sacrifice. You are loved…
    Chuck and Diane

  21. efdavila on 12 May 2009 at 5:25 am #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Ed and Wendie Davila

  22. YTTiger on 12 May 2009 at 5:28 am #

    There are no words, I’m so sorry, I will keep praying for you and Kai. She fought a hard, long battle. Lean on Him in this time of despair. Only God knows why.

  23. frankloaiza on 12 May 2009 at 7:10 am #

    My heart is broken for you my friend. Yes, we will see Monica again some day, but we will all deeply miss her smile.

    I love you Bro.

    -Frank Loaiza

  24. Mel on 12 May 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Sol I am so sorry…. words cannot express the pain I am feeling for you and Kai. Monica will be miss greatly but I am glad she is in no more pain. I wish I was not coming down to see you under these conditions but i will be seeing you soon. My love is with you both

    Love Melany Peterson

  25. rmikhail on 12 May 2009 at 8:35 am #

    Sol, I am aggrieved. I cannot believe it’s come to this. We’re praying for you and little Kai. Your commitment and love to God, Monica, and Kai will help you make it through, one breath at a time.
    May all us girls aspire to be the woman of God that Monica was.
    reagan mikhail

  26. faith.gillis on 12 May 2009 at 9:10 am #

    Dear Sol-
    I never met Monica in person, but we occasionally emailed each other and I have many friends who have been watching her progress and praying for her this past year. I had my surgery the same day as Monica, we are both teachers and only a few months apart in age, so I always felt close to her and her situation is close to my heart as it has so mirrored my own.
    I have been praying for her every day since I first heard about her, and will continue to pray for you and Kai as you grieve her loss. God bless you for being such a dear husband and father; I know because of the goodness of your heart and your devotion to your family your grief must be beyond words. Know that you are remembered in prayer daily by so many you’ve never met and will probably only meet in heaven.
    Love your sister in Christ, Faith Gillis

  27. Brian Sanders on 12 May 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Sol and Kai,

    I am so sorry for your loss. One of the true highlights of my years working for the Angels organization was meeting the two of you last year.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you.

    -Brian Sanders

  28. Leon Hammack on 12 May 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    You may not remember meeting me a few years ago in Fresno. But my son, Jason, introduced me to you one evening when I had come to town to visit him.

    Shortly after Monica was diagnosed with cancer, Jason told me about it and about your web site. Both myself and my wife, Karen, have read Monica’s writings and prayed for her each and every day.

    Our hearts are full of sorrow for you, young Kai and the loss that you are feeling. Monica will never know just how many hearts that she touched in her short life. She conveyed hope and strength in her postings, while fighting the impossible fight.

    Your family has been an inspiration to many, especially me! May God bless you, keep you, and guide you forever.

    Leon and Karen Hammack

  29. patriciaanddanbell on 12 May 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi Sol,

    We haven’t seen you and Monica since you left Fresburg for the bright lights of LA, but Jen and Brad updated us on the sad news. I just wanted to leave a message of profound sorrow and deepest empathy over your earthly loss. Monica is a truly beautiful woman – inside and out – and I know that heaven is a little brighter now as she is welcomed and restored by Jesus.

    Please know that we are praying for you and Kai and we will certainly do whatever we can to help you during this time of mourning and healing.

    May you experience Jesus’ peace underneath your tears, and know that not one of them is wasted……He Himself is grieving with you, all the while carrying you through to the other side of sadness where you will certainly find hope and renewed joy with Kai and be rewarded for the love and devotion you showed your precious wife.

    With all our love,
    Dan and Patricia Bell

  30. cjoy37 on 12 May 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    May our Lord comfort you & Kai and surround both of you with His peace. We are keeping you in prayer.
    Miguel & Christina McGaughy

  31. sarahrose on 14 May 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    Dear Sol,
    I know we have not been in touch the last few months, but I just learned the news, and I wanted to send my thoughts and prayers. I am holding you and Kai and everyone close to you in the Light. I hope to be there on Saturday to pay my respects to you all.
    Much love,
    Sarah Rose

  32. avillegas21 on 14 May 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Dear Mr. Rodriguez,
    I know you probably do not know me. I was a student of Mrs. Rodriguez’s when I was in 7th grade and am a senior now. I had her two periods a day. I remember you as well. I just found out today. All of the students here in Mendota are sad to hear the news. She was one of my favorite teachers and she will be missed greatly by everyone who had her. I am sorry for your loss. She was a great person and I will miss her alot. I hope you and Kai are well soon. Mrs. Rodriguez is in a better place now. My condolences are with your family as well as hers. May the lord be with you all. May God Bless you and your family.

    With Love,
    Amber Villegas

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