Ted and Kathy Krug began casually to research retirement communities right around the time they turned 60. With the children grown, it was time to downsize their home in Maryland and find a community closer to Ted’s work at John’s Great Cars in Reading, Pennsylvania. In August 2015, they moved to an apartment in York, which landed them squarely between Reading, their daughter and her family in Maryland and Ted’s parents in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.
After moving, they continued to research their next steps, visiting six different communities. They settled on one and put a deposit on a home. Then, a customer at Ted’s work casually mentioned Garden Spot Village. They hesitated to follow the recommendation because they were committed elsewhere, but Kathy’s childhood memories of growing up in Honey Brook and their love of Lancaster County compelled them to schedule a visit.
Kathy says, “Our first appointment was with Kelly Sweigart on March 1. It was snowing pretty intensely and the wind was blowing, but we had an SUV and decided we were going to keep the appointment.”
Ted continues, “We toured two homes that day and the people were very friendly. We can’t say we were smitten on that first visit. However, after touring the facilities and meeting with Kelly, we were definitely interested! The spirit of the place appealed to us. It was innovative and forward thinking. We liked that.”
In the following weeks, Ted and Kathy returned to Garden Spot Village a number of times to drive around the community and see the grounds after the snow melted. They also spent time in prayer, something they do with every major decision. They had peace about a move to Garden Spot Village so they kept stepping forward.
Kathy says, “We met residents on two separate visits who invited us in to see their cottages. One of them suggested that we sign up for the Look & Learn so that we would have as much information as possible to make our decision. At the Look & Learn in March we were seated for a meal with a couple around our age who had been there for one year. They told us their story, which involved a lot of property upkeep and was similar to our situation. We continued to be impressed with the community and before we left we handed in our application.”
“It was hard at first because we were set on going somewhere else,” says Ted. “We had to rethink quickly; it wasn’t something we were looking for; the opportunity came to us. It was so different and interesting, we had to pursue it. Once we did that there was no turning back.”
Immediately after receiving an approval of their application, Ted and Kathy placed a down payment on a deluxe end cottage and moved to the Radar Screen. They have a while to wait, but that’s OK, Kathy says.
In the meantime they plan to continue life in York, connecting with and supporting their new friends and neighbors. They enjoy walking at the York Galleria Mall several times a week and appreciate the friendships they have made with people there.
They also plan to enjoy the perks of being a future resident, which includes complimentary tickets to shows such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Fulton Theatre and other future-resident-focused events.
They look forward to traveling in July 2019 to Germany, where they will connect with first cousins whom Ted has never met. Their children and grandchildren, who are scattered from Maryland to South Carolina to South Korea, will join them for the family vacation.
By the time Ted retires in June 2020 they should be settled in their new home at Garden Spot Village. With lots of opportunities here to live with purpose, retirement will be just the beginning of a new way forward for Ted and Kathy.