That's my approach as well. I don't like timelines; I'd rather tell the person's story. In a long profile, however, I often create topical subheadings for topics like a list of children, extensive details on a man's military service, etc.
Some details don't lend themselves to a fully chronological approach (e.g., I find it much more convenient to say that man was elected hogreave in 1706, 1711, and 1715, fenceviewer in 1709 and 1712, and tax assessor in 1710, 1713, and 1717 than it is to list each office chronologically). Also, I often give separate chronological discussions of career events and family events.