Jeanette was orphaned at the age of three when her father passed away and her mother was unable to care for her and her six siblings. After her father's death, the family moved from Pennsylvania to Mooseheart, an orphanage in Illinios. The Red Caboose is a memoir of the ten years she lived at the orphanage and the ten years it took her to acclimate to life outside an institution. Along with her husband Cliff, she traveled to Holland in 2014. Together the couple manage a cottage industry raising dairy goats and selling goat milk soap. In addition to writing, Jeanette enjoys gardening, cooking, nature, and walking her two corgi's Tasha and Tucker in the Allegheny National Forest of Pennsylvania.