About Me

I have always been a maker of lists: columns of things to do, groceries to buy, daily tasks. All I needed was a slip of paper and a pen. But after our second son was born, I felt like I needed more structure in my daily routine as a wife and mother, so I started using a planner. My first one was small, pocket-sized to be precise. The next year I purchased a larger planner, and started adding my menu ideas each week. Over the next few years I tried various brands and styles, finally realizing that what I really wanted in a planner was simply not available. So I took up the challenge, designed the layout of a brand new planner, and in the summer of 2008 The Time Keeper was born. That first year I relied heavily on word-of-mouth advertising as well as email sharing for sales.

I’m an ordinary stay-at-home mom, and there’s nothing in the world I’d rather do. There are many things in today’s world begging for our attention, but there are three things that are of utmost importance to me:

My relationship with God…

I recently discovered Isaiah 32:17: …the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. (KJV) Knowing that inner quietness is possible in this crazy, noisy life motivates me to strive for righteousness, which can only be found as I live for Jesus, my Savior, and pursue a personal relationship with Him on a daily basis.

My marriage…

When I married Cliff in 1996, we promised to love each other for life. To me, that means that I make sure that he is an important part of my everyday living. God has given us a strong marriage, and I don’t want to take that for granted. I am blessed to be Cliff’s wife.

My family…

Four boys, four personalities, four men-in-training… Time passes so quickly, and I’ll never be able to redo these years. While my boys are growing into men, I want to be all there.

Because these things take priority, I’m not on Facebook or Pinterest, or even blogging in this season of life. I work hard to manage my time wisely, and I know it would be even more difficult if I joined these fascinating sites.

I still make lists. When everything is down in black and white, I can prioritize and think more clearly. It used to be that when my To Do list didn’t have everything crossed off at the end of the day, there was stress. But life has a way of bending us, teaching us to be flexible. When our youngest son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007, my perspective changed, and I could see what was truly important. I still find pleasure in crossing items off my list. But the list doesn’t control me anymore. What really matters is more clearly defined, and I have learned to relax and enjoy the ordinary days.



  1. Mom said,

    You did a great job, Starla, and I’m very proud of you! Your organizing skills have often helped me out.

  2. jane said,

    Hey, that’s a pretty cute family. Didn’t know you have a website.

  3. Janelle Burkholder said,

    Thanks so much, Starla! The Time Keeper is a blessing in my life!

  4. Cherie Mindy said,

    Hi Starla, I am happy for you that you and your family are taking a well deserved break. I use my planner for our trucking co. I was wondering if you thought about making a business planner?
    Take care

    • The List Lady said,

      I haven’t ventured into the Business Planner yet.. don’t know if I will or not.
      I am hoping to get your order out this afternoon! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. […] in Uncategorized tagged Family at 2:45 pm by The List Lady If you read the About page on this blog or the website, you know that our Little Guy was diagnosed with ALL (Leukemia) in […]

  6. Shelley said,

    I’m a new fan! Very interested in the Planner!

    • The List Lady said,

      Thanks, Shelley… glad you stopped by!

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