Tiffanie and Jake Lenhart started their married life 15 years ago determined not to be a statistic. They didn't want to follow the path of many teen parents who end up divorced and without college degrees, or even high school ones. At the time they found themselves with a baby, married and Tiffanie still a high school senior; they weren't practicing Christians, but Jake Lenhart said he had hit such a low point that he decided he would try out God for 30 days. "It changed our lives," Jake Lenhart said. Today, Jake, 34, is the pastor at Cherokee Hills Christian Church, and he said God sent them on a journey that includes mentoring young people as youth pastors, taking mission trips, fostering children, adopting three boys from Haiti and having two children of their own. Along the way, Jake and Tiffanie, now 32, earned four-year college degrees — his from a Bible college and hers in nursing. "I knew when I married Jake that life would never be boring," Tiffanie Lenhart said. "He's just constantly challenging me to get out of my comfort zone and do new things." The Lenharts live in Bethany with their five children: Drew, 15; Dieudonne (pronounced and spelled in English as Jedone), 13; Ashlyn, 13; Jackson, 12; and Jimso, 9. Drew and Ashlyn are their biological children; Dieudonne and Jimso are biological brothers, and Jackson was another boy at the same Haitian orphanage who was friends with Dieudonne and became friends with the couple's oldest son, Drew, as well. The Lenharts adopted Jimso three years ago, but they first met him in 2004 on a mission trip to Haiti. When they went to pick him up in 2007, they realized he had a brother and started the process of adopting him. "We feel very strongly that God's plan was for families to stay together if at all possible, so we felt that we had to adopt him, as well," Jake Lenhart said. Throughout the adoption process, they made plans to move to Haiti in 2009 to become missionaries, but for various reasons, that plan was put on hold. Then the earthquake hit in January 2010, and adoptions already in process were fast-tracked. Both Lenharts went to Haiti in the aftermath — she went to the Embassy to see about finalizing the adoption, and he went to the orphanage in Fedja, Haiti, to help with relief work. Four days later, he was able to access the Internet from Haiti, logged onto Facebook and saw that his wife was safely back in the United States with their two new sons. It's been a year of the family adjusting to living together — five teens or preteens under one roof, including two who are learning to speak English and attending school for the first time in America. Tiffanie Lenhart said she and her husband find creative ways to squeeze in time to spend with each other, in addition to family time with each child. The two sometimes will meet for lunch or get up at 5 a.m. and sneak out for breakfast. "If things aren't working between us, it's going to affect the whole family," she said. Even though they were named an "Inspirational Couple" by the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, Jake Lenhart said, they are doing what is normal, and he's proud of how far they've come as a couple and a family since their marriage began. "I don't know that we've ever sat down and said, 'How can we inspire people?' We want to lead by example," he said. Both said they have a heart for helping and encouraging others who need it. "I totally think that God uses us, not despite our past but because of our past," Tiffanie Lenhart said. "He's really given us opportunities to use our past as a way to minister to and love on other people who might be going through the same thing."