Home sweet home

Moses Barkema

MASON CITY, Iowa – It’s been a long time coming.

Finally one local family is able to bring their son home.

Moses Barkema is starting to adjust to the Iowa life, after being adopted from his home country of Ghana by the Barkema family two years ago.

Although the adoption was completed, Moses wasn’t able to come home, because of problems getting a visa granted by the U.S. government.

But this week, everything finally worked out.

Moses has officially been living in the U.S for one day, and he is enjoying it.

“It’s been one day and you would think he’s been here for a very long time. He loves the snow already,” said Jeremy Barkema.

The family says, the day they found out they were finally able to bring Moses home, words couldn’t describe how they felt.

“My dad called as we were heading out the door and said we got it. I was like “Whoo!” started screaming they were just like we got it and started jumping up and down,” said Khya Barkema.

They had received an email nearly two weeks ago from the Embassy saying they needed to bring their power of attorney to Ghana.

Since they are their own attorney, Sarah arrived, got last minute paperwork in place, and was granted Moses’ visa.

She says the look on his face when she arrived in Ghana to get him was one she will never forget.

“He looked up and I said Moses again and he looked up an just yelled “Mommy, mommy” just ran into my arms and then asked me you go home when and I told him Sunday and he said me too, yeah you too and then he just jumped up and down,” said Sarah.

The Barkema family said, they can’t thank everyone enough for all the support and help they received through out this whole process.

Now they’re just hoping to be what they’ve wanted to be for years: a family.

Moses will be taking his time adjusting to everything, and then will eventually start preschool.

More than 2,000 people signed their petition to help bring Moses home, and the family even had a little help from Iowa’s U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.

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