1126 GMT June 14, 2021
“I thought it hit the ground, and we looked but we never found it,” Christina said, ktbs.com reported.
At that same well-worn Willow Lake fishing spot in in Oregon, the US, just two weeks ago, Christina glanced at the ground and spotted what she at first thought was a piece of metal amid the dirt.
There it was: Their anniversary ring, recovered 12 years after it was lost. It turned out to be the couple’s most prized catch at their longtime honey hole. And if it seems hard to believe, it was for them, too.
“If I hadn’t been there, I would have never believed it,” said Tony Handsaker, Christina’s husband of 23 years.
For their 10-year anniversary, Tony bought Christina the ring, a band from Fred Meyer with a row of diamonds on it. The next fishing season, the ring slipped off Christina’s finger.
“It was a sentimental value that I was so heartbroken about,” Christina said.
“We couldn’t find the dang thing,” Tony said.
The couple fish the same spot on Willow Lake “where all the fish are at” whenever they can, and they’ve looked for the ring there over the years.
Then on May 26, with Tony off work and their three kids in school, the couple decided they’d make a trip to their old fishing spot.
“I’m getting all set up, getting rigged up and she’s like, ‘Hey, remember that ring I lost here’?” Tony said.
Christina said she picked up the object she saw jutting out of the dirt and discovered it was her long lost ring.
“All the diamonds are still intact and everything,” Christina said. “A little dirty. But other than that it wasn’t bent. Nothing.”
Tony said he was shocked the ring could be found all these years later.
“I don’t know how the heck somebody else didn’t find it,” Tony said.
As an anniversary band, Christina was wearing the ring on her right hand opposite her wedding band on her left. But now she’s wearing it on her left hand along with wedding ring, she said. Her fingers are a little bigger than they were 13 years ago and the fit of the ring is a little more snug, so Christina said she’s not worried about losing it again.
To top it off, the couple caught their limit of fish the day they found the ring.