EVERGREEN, CO (CNN) -- Frigid temperatures in the upper Midwest helped a Colorado couple find a wedding ring. it had been missing for years.
In July, Randy and Louise Heern will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Just as they have the last six years, they were preparing to once again celebrate without that sacred token.
Louise's wedding ring went missing after a christening in 2007. Louise said, "I was heartsick. I was. I mean we tore the house apart."
Their house was under construction at the time, and she says she thought the ring might have just been swept up with broken tiles, but then, a phone call.
Turns out, the freezing temperatures busted a pipe in the master bedroom. Randy said, "He said that the ring just popped out."
The Heern's can't exactly say how the ring ended up in the drain, but they have an idea. Randy said, "I can't believe it's been in there all that time." Louise added, "Now, I keep checking that it's there. You know, after you lose something, you get a little paranoid."
That doesn't mean it's always on her finger, but now she has a special place to keep it when it's not. Randy said, "When she takes it off, she puts it in her ringbox now." Louise added, "I think I'll just keep it on. It's less trouble."