A Family Affair

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The Macombers

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A Family Tradition

When you first meet the Macombers, they have all the appearances of sisters or close friends. They laugh together, share smiles and exchange friendly jibes.

But instead of a sister act, Christine Macomber is actually the mother of Lindsey and Olivia. They are all students from the OTC Lebanon Center.

"We are a fun-loving family that never runs out of laughs or things to do. I think we really encourage each other. We have fun," said Olivia, the youngest of the three, who is considering a business degree.

Christine has taken classes with both daughters at different times. Her first class was with Lindsey and marked Christine's return to college after leaving in the mid-1990s to raise and homeschool her family of seven children.

"When Lindsey enrolled after high school, we decided to take a course together at OTC. Taking a course with her was fun. That started college life as a family affair," Christine said.

The first day of class was a memorable one for mother and daughter. When it came time for class introductions, Christine didn't mention that she was Lindsey's mother.

"I didn't want to embarrass her. But when it came time for Lindsey to introduce herself, at the end, she pointed at me and exclaimed: 'That's my Mom!' That was a proud moment for me," Christine said.

Lindsey said the best part of going to school with her sister and mother is the motivation each one receives.

"We encourage and challenge each other with our studies. I think it is neat that my mom has gone back to school. I see people of all ages on the campuses. I know that they are there because of their determination. They are up for the challenge and pursuit of a degree," Lindsey said.

Lindsey is excited to soon be moving to Lake of the Ozarks, where she has accepted a position in hospitality at Tan-Tar-A Resort.

Christine said they appreciate the sense of community OTC offers students.

"The staff has really enriched our time at OTC by getting to know our family. It's nice to go into the office and be able to chat with them about my family's accomplishments or updates and have them genuinely interested. They, in a sense, are like our extended family," Christine said.

"We encourage and challenge each other with our studies. I think it's awesome that my mom has gone back to school. I see people of all ages on the campuses."

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