Well, congratulations, Maura!
I went through the same process myself about three years ago. I know what you mean about the pledge. I was born in Greece and had lived in Australia (as a naturalized citizen) for 13 years. But, I married a local boy here in the US and I'd lived here longer than anywhere else AND I wanted to vote, so there you go.
Dewey (husband) used to say to me, "It's okay, if anything ever happens, I'll come visit you in jail." Aha!
Now, Maura, how about the process, eh? Mine went on for about three years, during which time my fingerprints "expired" twice. Expired fingerprints?!!!