John Ngugi, 35, Pauline Maru, 32, together with their children, Tevin, 10, and two-and-a-half old Tatyana grace this month’s cover. John is a sales manager at XADO East Africa, while his wife is a sales executive at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

In their seven years of marriage, John and Pauline say they have learnt to overcome challenges through communication and prayers. They value their commitment to each other and have set aside time every week for a dinner date. This, they say, has strengthened their union.

The couple says that their parenting experience has taught them to treat their children according to their different personalities and to show them love even when they are disciplining them. Their first-born, Tevin, is reserved though at times he can be mischievous. He is a class five pupil at Happy Land Preparatory School in Nairobi’s Buruburu estate and would like to become a pilot. As for Tatiana, both Pauline and John describe her as a friendly, bubbly and chatty girl.

Clothes and Shoes: Models own

Grooming: Ashleys Beauty and Barber Shop, the Mall Westlands

Make-up: Joyce Muombe and Georgine Ayuyo

Hair Stylist and Barbers: Zibona Bagabo, Mike and Kevin

Photography: Patrick Ndiba, ArkStudios