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MyHomeBones.com – Your Place for Custom Military Plaques

I was on Facebook one day when one of my friends posted that she ordered a custom military plaque made by a company called MyHomeBones.com. She posted a picture of the plaque, which contained a painted picture of a house. Below it was a list of every place they were stationed. I loved it and immediately went to the website to check it out for myself.

Matt and Bridget Breden are the owners of MyHomeBones.com. They are a fellow military family stationed in the Virginia area. They got their start in making custom military plaques by trying their hand at making their own back in 2000. They received many compliments and started making them for their friends. In July 2007, they launched an online website to start selling their plaques.

Below is a sample picture of a custom military plaque from their website. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

My Home Bones

A Sample Custom Military Plaque

I found the website to be easy to navigate during the ordering process. They have a database with almost 2,000 military installations you can choose from to reflect your military travels. You can also customize what you put for each base, such as adding custom painted wedding rings and pink or blue footprints to reflect life milestones achieved at each base.

I placed my order and received an email “proof” of my completed plaque before they mailed it to me. They wanted to be double sure that it was right and that there were no typos. After I sent back confirmation that everything was right, they mailed the plaque to me. The cool thing about it was that I was sent an email with tracking information so that I could keep up with my order and when it would arrive.

I ordered my plaque on the evening of August 8th. It arrived on August 13th and I was so excited! It was easy to put together and everything looked great, just like the proof they emailed me. I immediately hung it on my wall with pride.

I emailed the Breden Family after receiving my order to express my excitement and also to get a little more insight into their business. My first question?

Where did the name “HomeBones” come from?

Here is Matt Breden’s humorous account:

“The name of the business is one of our favorite stories to tell. We needed to buy a domain for the website but everything we came up with was taken. I sat at the kitchen table and looked at one of the plaque sets for inspiration. I thought about how it looked like a ladder and threw out career ladder (already a jobs site I think). Then I broke it up into the plaque with its beautiful hand-painted home scene and I said the word “Home.” Next, I looked at the slats of wood and evaluated them on their own merits. I thought of a stick that I would throw to my dog to fetch (if she were still a young girl, she’s almost 15). I extrapolated the stick and dog association and came up with how the slats sort of looked like bones. Then, putting the two together in a very near rhyme, I was elated when I said it, “HomeBones.” YES! Here’s the good part. I’d done all this brainstorming alone. After the Eureka HomeBones moment, I immediately checked to see if that domain was taken. Unfortunately, homebones.com was taken (we later acquired it) so I tried myhomebones.com and BINGO, we had a site. I ran in to tell Bridget the good news about us having a domain. Having not been consulted, she of course asked, “Well, what’s the name?” I beamed back, “MyHomeBones.com”and waited for her reaction. It wasn’t the ebullient smile of approval I’d hoped for. Instead she was indifferent. I was still convinced it would work for our product and over the years it has definitely grown on her. The moral of the story is that sometimes it’s ok to take risks but leaving a spouse out of an important decision such as the name of your future company might be pushing it. – Matt Breden
Matt also shared with me that the business has brought he and his wife Bridget closer together. He handles the technical side and deals with the customers. She handles the artistic side of the business. For military families thinking of starting a business, Matt recommends attending a small business seminar to learn all the ins-and outs.

If you’re looking for a unique way to document your military travels, check out MyHomeBones.com. I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the end product. I certainly was!


*By the way, I was not paid for this review or given any items in-kind. I just like to support fellow military families that are doing great things!

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  • Linda Denton July 9, 2017, 6:03 PM

    I would like to order s new “bone” for my son. Are you still in business?

    • Tonya Nash August 4, 2017, 12:55 PM

      Hi! This isn’t my business, but the business of someone else. I tried to contact them, but it seems as if they are out of business. I hope you find something for your son!

  • Riann Doyle April 6, 2017, 1:02 PM

    I have a homebone and needed a new station bone… have they gone out of business!?!? I can’t find them anymore! Nooooooo!!

  • Jackie Oliver October 4, 2016, 4:48 PM

    My son will be coming home from the Military soon, and I couldn’t be any more excited! I would love to find a way to honor all that he has done, and I think a plaque would be a great way to do that. I really like that the company you went through emailed you a proof beforehand, so that you knew exactly what you were getting, I want to make sure mine is perfect, so I would really appreciate something like that.

  • Cindy Hendrix October 15, 2012, 11:14 AM

    I am in love with this idea. Looking into ordering one for my husband and I

  • Larie August 29, 2011, 9:55 PM

    I like this and I am headed over to order one!


    • Tonya August 31, 2011, 9:22 PM

      Great Larie! I think you’ll like it. Be blessed!

  • Kathryn August 29, 2011, 12:57 PM

    Cool! I have always wanted to buy one of these things. We have only been stationed on place, so I guess I will have to wait until we have been “sent” more places! 🙂

    • Tonya August 29, 2011, 7:13 PM

      Hi Kathryn! You don’t have to wait. You can order a bone for each place individually after you make your initial order. We still have about 3-4 more moves to go and I plan on adding those bases too! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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