Published on March 2013
John Kaguchia, 29, his wife Susan Njoki Kaguchia, 28, and their ten-month-old-daughter, Tehille Wangeci, grace this month’s cover. John is an assistant manager in charge of customer service with the Nairobi Water Company while Susan is a health officer at Kiambu District Hospital and also a part time lecturer at Mount Kenya University. The couple has been married since June 5, 2010.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
Susan: We met at Kenyatta University’s (KU) Christian Union (CU). John was the CU chairman and I loved his dedication to God. We were friends and our friendship went a notch higher when he invited me for his graduation, which was a year before mine. We courted for about three years and had a glorious wedding in June 2010.
John: We met in our last days at KU. I graduated on December 14, 2007 and Susan was in attendance. A deep friendship was ignited. Susan is a warm, honest, loving and hardworking person, which I find irresistible. She also has a beautiful personality.
DESCRIBE YOUR MARRIAGE
John: Our marriage gets better with time. We have a strong friendship that has enhanced our relationship. My wife has been very supportive, for example, when I enrolled for my master’s degree in diplomacy and leadership, she encouraged me all the way. I also supported her to pursue a Masters
Degree. I have learnt that unity in marriage is key to a happy and fulfilling marriage. Just as the Bible reckons, whoever finds a good wife, finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord; I am favored.
Susan: John is a God-fearing man. He is very hardworking and ambitious. He is always there for us and takes his leadership roles seriously. Our marriage is a happy one.
WHAT’S YOUR PARENTING EXPERIENCE?
Susan: Parenting is fun. It has made us better people. My husband and I have brought up Tehille in a good way although we would wish to spend more time with her. Tehille is very co-operative, playful and jovial.
John: Our baby was born on April 14, 2012. She is a special blessing to us and we thank God that she has enjoyed good health. She is a good feeder and also sleeps well. We normally reconnect as a family during the weekends and prefer to go for retreats out of town every once in a while.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED IN PARENTING?
Susan: Sometimes I feel like I fail in parenting because of the limited time I spend with my daughter. I also had some challenges with house helps. In the first three months after our daughter was born, I hired and fired several house helps, but later I settled on one who has been with us for the last six months.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER PARENTS?
Susan: You must be willing to sacrifice for the sake of your family. I resigned from a very well paying job with World Vision and took up a job at Kiambu Hospital which was more flexible and which allows me to have more time with my family.
John: Men need to support their families since they are a gift from God.
Clothes and Shoes: Models own
Grooming: Ashleys Beauty and Barber Shop at The Mall,Westlands.
Make up: Joyce Muombe
Hair: Edwin Kelly
Barber: Charles Maina
Photography: Ben Muthee