(WECT) - A Wilmington, North Carolina couple is learning that giving up isn't an option, and the husband and wife are changing their outlook on life after losing and then finding something near and dear to their hearts.

Wayne and Billie Phillips' wedding bands were more than just a piece of jewelry on their fingers - they were a symbol of their marriage, friendship and love.

But the couple thought that bad luck had gotten the best of them back in 1978. Wayne was gardening in his backyard when he looked down and saw something very special missing from his finger.